Game Preview: Michigan State Spartans @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (1-0) at NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (1-1)

WHERE: Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, IN

KICKOFF: Saturday, September 17 @ 7:30 p.m. ET

TV/RADIO: NBC/Spartan Sports Network (Check local listings)

GAMETIME FORECAST: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind around 5 mph.

BETTING LINE: ND -7

OVER/UNDER: 50.5


Seems like it has been forever since Mark Dantonio and his Michigan State Spartans took the field. It was not the prettiest performance for them in their season opener against FCS opponent Furman, but they did showcase a potentially lethal running back core led by sophomore LJ Scott. And senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor showed pockets of brilliance and game-managing skills, but this weekend will prove to be a tough test for him.

THE OPPONENT:

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are among the ‘coup de grâce’ in college football, all they do is unload talent to the NFL and reload and seemingly are among the favorites to compete for a national championship with what seems like always one of the toughest schedules every year (albeit ACC-laden nowadays). A loss from the Spartans will severely hurt the Irish’s chances of making the CFB Playoff, but junior dual-threat QB DeShone Kizer hopes to give MSU fits Saturday night.

Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the famed ‘Game of the Century’ between the No. 1 Irish and No. 2 Spartans, a game that ended in a 10-10 tie. It’s one of the more underrated rivalries in college football dating back to the 19th century. The two cut off the rivalry after 2013 when the Irish made the switch to an ACC-heavy slate in football, resulting in the end of multiple rivalries in back. Sparty is looking for some serious revenge, they have lost three straight and four of five against Notre Dame.

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