Kelly expects everyone to be ready to play against the Crimson Tide. Nose guard Louis Nix is recovering from a wrist injury and tackle Zack Martin is recovering from an ankle injury. Receiver DaVaris Daniels, who sustained a broken left clavicle against Boston College, also is expected to be back.
Kelly said his goal during the six weeks between games — two days longer than the time between the sixth game of the season against Stanford and the final game of the regular season against Southern California — is for the Irish to heal, improve and be ready Jan. 7.
"It's a one-game deal," he said.