In what could be the best game of the day, the undefeated Michigan State Spartans take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. As of Saturday September 21, CBSsportsline.com has the Spartans are a five point underdog to Notre Dame. Still, the Irish will be seeing the best defense in the nation on Saturday afternoon. CBS coaches poll has Notre Dame ranked 21 and Michigan State number 24. Here is the preview.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
When: Saturday September 21, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Notre Dame Stadium
The Spartans best offense was their defense for the majority of the season. That was until Connor Cook took over as the quarterback last week. Now the Spartans might have an offense to complement the scariest defense east of the Seattle Seahawks. As long as Michigan State can put points on the board, they are national championship worthy. If they can’t continue to progress on offense, then they are eight wins of mediocre football waiting to happen.
Defensively, they are fourth in rushing defense and fifth in passing defense. That usually makes for a terrible time if you are the opposing offense.
Notre Dame will be their best test to date on Saturday. The Fighting Irish have the offense to spread Michigan State thin, but will they be able to capitalize. Brian Kelly has already been unhappy with his running backs, and now they must face this stout defensive front.
Tommy Rees has to face the pressure and deliver the ball to his dynamic receivers. If he is hesitant or can’t find open targets, then Rees might be a sitting duck back there. He must remember a punt is not bad. A couple turnovers can be detrimental to Notre Dame’s chances.
The Verdict: Notre Dame showed some fight in their comeback win over Purdue last week. However, if they find themselves down a couple scores in this game, they might be facing a certain loss Saturday afternoon. This is likely to be a defensive struggle.
Michigan State 19
Notre Dame 13