Notre Dame vs. Michigan State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State fearless prediction and game preview.
Notre Dame (2-1) vs. Michigan State (2-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
It marked the last truly fun moment – 49-0 over Rutgers didn’t count – of the 2016 Michigan State season, and it served as a snowball moment for Notre Dame.
The Spartans beat the Fighting Irish in an interesting 36-28 battle in South Bend last season, but they lost seven straight to follow. Notre Dame answered back with clunker against Duke, finishing up with head coach Brian Kelly blaming the players.
But this Irish team appears to have something. The offense has a spark again, it’s got an explosive element missing from past Kelly teams, and it appears to be past the funk of last season.
Beat the Spartans, and with Miami University and North Carolina up next, it should be a 5-1 start before the showdown against USC.
Michigan State doesn’t appear to be back to a College Football Playoff level, but the 2-0 start is desperately needed. Getting to 3-0 – and matching last year’s win total by September 23rd – won’t mean everything is okay, but it would show that the Spartans are back among the living.
One Reason Why Notre Dame Will Win
The running game can blow up in a moment’s notice.
Running against Georgia was a problem, but the Irish exploded to start the season against Temple with 433 yards and five scores, and ripped apart Boston College with 515 yards and seven touchdowns.
This new-look offense under coordinator Chip Long is working.
Michigan State’s defensive front has been fantastic so far, but it hasn’t faced anything remotely like this.
With RB Josh Adams and QB Brandon Wimbush running wild behind a line with NFL-caliber blockers, Notre Dame has the explosion that that Spartans don’t. However …
One Reason Why Michigan State Will Win
The Spartans can crank out the ground game, too.
QB Brian Lewerke isn’t Wimbush when it comes to taking off and making big things happen, but he managed to roll out a 61-yard touchdown dash with two scores against WMU.
If L.J. Scott can pound away, and if Leweke can keep the chains moving with his legs as well as his arm, they should be able to keep control of the ball and the game.
No, Michigan State doesn’t have the fun and exciting playmaking ability the Irish have shown, but it held on to the ball for an average of well over 35 minutes in the first two games.
Don’t let the Irish blow up with the big run, own third downs, make Wimbush and company come through in the clutch. The Spartans can do that.
What’s Going To Happen
The Michigan State defense might just be good enough to keep the Irish down for most of the game, but Wimbush will bust through for a few big plays to take over.
The Spartans might be tough enough and good enough to pull this off, but this isn’t last year’s Notre Dame team. When needed, the Irish offensive line will take over in the second half.
Notre Dame vs. Michigan State Prediction
Notre Dame 26, Michigan State 20
Notre Dame -4, o/u: 54
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