Saturday's NCAA football 2013 live stream and TV games will include Michigan State paying a visit to Notre Dame Stadium. This will be one of the marquee matchups on the week 4 slate for Sept. 21, on a day when there's not as many high profile matchups as in the previous weeks. The Michigan State vs. Notre Dame televised and live streaming NCAA game will be presented Saturday afternoon via NBC.
As ESPN.com reports on Sept. 21, this game will feature a matchup where the quarterbacks will be on display, and both teams will look to improve on certain aspects of their game. Notre Dame will look to improve on their defense, as they're currently giving up 23.5 points a game, which is almost twice as many as last year's 12.8 points per game they allowed. Head coach Chip Kelly has told the media that his team is still working out the kinks, as new players adjust. Kelly said:
"We're still evolving. It takes time. Even if you've got guys that are veterans, we have some key positions that have some new players in it. They're coming together."
Michigan State will enter this game with a 3-0 record so far, and they appear to be playing better D than Notre Dame. They've only allowed 12 points per game in their first three contests, while scoring an average of 34 a game. Take into consideration that they've played Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State so far. They'll hope their defense can produce similar results against a team the caliber of Notre Dame.
The Spartans will certainly need more production from their offense in upcoming games like this one, particularly from quarterback Connor Cook, who has thrown only 276 yards so far and 4 touchdowns. In comparison, Notre Dame's Tommy Rees has thrown for 969 yards and 7 TD's. The Fighting Irish rank at No. 17 in the nation in passing yards per game with 326 a game.
The Spartan sophomore Cook will get tested today, according to their head coach, and he feels it's a helpful early situation for the younger quarterback. Head coach Mark Dantonio said:
"This will be a great experience for (Cook) because he's going to have an environment to play in that's going to simulate really what a lot of Big Ten environments are going to be from this point on. That's going to be a period of growth for him."
Dantonio has added that he's "very excited about the [our] defense" heading into this matchup and feels they'll "come to play." That will be seen as they get a national stage on NBC against the Fighting Irish, who are currently predicted to win by 5 points on their home field. The over/under is set at a combined 43 points for the two teams in today's game.
Saturday afternoon's Michigan State vs. Notre Dame game has a scheduled start time of 3:30 p.m. EST. Viewers can see the Spartans and Fighting Irish battle on the gridiron on NBC for televised coverage. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra will show a live streaming online presentation of the game, free of charge. See the official website here for how to watch online.