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MICHIGAN ST (3 - 0) at NOTRE DAME (2 - 1)
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Week 4 Saturday, 9/21/2013 3:30 PM
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MICHIGAN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-001-21-234.018.3369.7(5)1.312.07.7177.0(2.9)2.7
Last 3 Games3-001-21-234.018.3369.7(5)1.312.07.7177.0(2.9)2.7
Grass Games3-001-21-234.018.3369.7(5)1.312.07.7177.0(2.9)2.7
MICHIGAN ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)34.018.321.334:2143-210(4.9)17-3154.8%160(5.2)74-370(5)(10.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.39.824.122.834:5744-227(5.1)16-2761.1%192(7.2)71-419(5.9)(10.5)
Defense (All Games)12.07.711.325:2327-50(1.8)12-3434.7%127(3.8)61-177(2.9)(14.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.15.78.81426:5729-103(3.6)14-3441.1%157(4.7)62-260(4.2)(16.6)

NOTRE DAME - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-100-32-129.712.3451.0(6.6)1.023.714.3372.0(5.3)1.0
Home Games1-000-10-128.021.0543.0(8.8)
Last 3 Games2-100-32-129.712.3451.0(6.6)1.023.714.3372.0(5.3)1.0
Grass Games2-0+10-21-129.512.0471.5(7.1)0.515.08.0328.0(4.8)1.0
NOTRE DAME - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)29.712.321.329:4030-125(4.1)22-3858.4%326(8.7)68-451(6.6)(15.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Home Games28.021.021.031:5335-188(5.4)17-2763.0%355(13.1)62-543(8.8)(19.4)
Defense (All Games)23.714.322.030:2030-113(3.8)23-4057.0%259(6.4)70-372(5.3)(15.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.213.620.130:4636-145(4)18-3356.1%211(6.4)69-355(5.2)(14.1)
Defense Home Games6.06.025.028:0729-134(4.6)23-4748.9%228(4.9)76-362(4.8)(60.3)
Average power rating of opponents played: MICHIGAN ST 16.7,  NOTRE DAME 33.7
MICHIGAN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/30/2013W MICHIGAN26-13W-27.5L44U42-18117-37-116127-1118-48-1934
9/7/2013S FLORIDA21-6W-21L41.5U38-17112-24-94235-896-26-662
9/14/2013YOUNGSTOWN ST55-17W-22.5W40O49-27722-32-270120-5111-27-1212
9/21/2013@ NOTRE DAME            
10/5/2013@ IOWA            

NOTRE DAME - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2013@ MICHIGAN30-41L4.5L48O19-9629-53-314239-16621-33-2941
9/14/2013@ PURDUE31-24W-17L47O37-9120-33-309121-3825-41-2561
9/21/2013MICHIGAN ST            
10/5/2013*ARIZONA ST            
MICHIGAN ST: MSU finished 7-6 last year, going 4-5 in games decided by four points or less. Replacing the nation's No. 3 rusher, Le'Veon Bell, is no easy task and the team may choose a committee approach with unaccomplished RBs Jeremy Langford (2.6 YPC), Nick Hill (2.3 YPC) and Riley Bullough, a converted LB. Senior QB Andrew Maxwell (5.8 YPA, 13 TD, 9 INT) could be overtaken by sophomore QB Connor Cook (5.5 YPA, 1 TD, 1 INT). WRs Bennie Fowler (524 rec. yds, 4 TD) and Aaron Burbridge (364 rec. yds) headline a mediocre receiving unit. The O-Line should remain strong, as will the No. 4-ranked defense (274 YPG). DE WIlliam Gholston is gone, but DE Shilique Calhoun (5 hurries) is a future star. MSU's back seven is truly elite with LBs Max Bullough (111 tackles, 12.5 TFL) and Denicos Allen (79 tackles, 10 TFL), plus CB Darqueze Dennard (3 INT), who projects as a high NFL draft pick.
NOTRE DAME: The Irish were 12-0 before falling in the BCS Title game, and many players return for an encore. One big absence is QB Everett Golson who flunked off the team, leaving QB Tommy Rees (4,414 pass yds, 34 TD, 24 INT in career) to run a below-average offense (25.8 PPG, 80th in FBS). Leading receiver, TE Tyler Eifert, is gone, but WRs TJ Jones (649 rec. yds, 4 TD) and DaVaris Daniels (490 rec. yds) are ready for more action. RB George Atkinson III (361 rush yds, 5 TD) becomes the No. 1 back with a punishing O-Line to run behind. Notre Dame's D was phenomenal in 2012, allowing just 12.8 PPG (2nd in FBS) and 305 YPG (7th in FBS). DE Stephon Tuitt (12 sacks) and NG Louis Nix III (50 tackles, 5 PD) will keep the front four charging, and LB Jarrett Grace replaces Manti Te'o. S Matthias Farley (49 tackles) and CB Bennett Jackson (4 INT, 65 tackles) headline a smothering secondary.
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*Michigan St.-Notre Dame Preview* =================================


Michigan State (3-0) at No. 1 Notre Dame (2-1), 3:30 p.m. EDT

Comparing the current Notre Dame defense to that of last season doesn't seem fair to coach Brian Kelly, even if his team returned eight starters on that side of the ball.

Relying on offensive production to help make up for defensive shortcomings might be more difficult Saturday when the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish host unbeaten Michigan State and the nation's top defense.

Though the Spartans aren't exactly an offensive juggernaut, it hasn't taken much to make Notre Dame look frazzled. Following a 28-6 win over Temple to open the season, the Irish (2-1) allowed their most points in a regular-season game since 2009 in a 41-30 loss to then-No. 17 Michigan on Sept. 7. Last week, they hung on for a 31-24 road win over a Purdue team which had totaled 27 points in its first two games.

Notre Dame is giving up 23.5 points per game after allowing 12.8 in 2012, ranking second in the nation on its way to an appearance in the BCS championship game.

"We're still evolving. It takes time," Kelly said. "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 coach Mark Dantonio feels similarly about his offense now that he's settled on Connor Cook as his starting quarterback after plenty of uncertainty.

Cook split time with Andrew Maxwell and Tyler O'Connor through the team's first three games, but the redshirt sophomore went 15 of 22 for 202 yards and four touchdowns in last week's 55-17 win over Youngstown State.

The Spartans (3-0) racked up 547 yards of offense after totaling 562 through their first two games.

"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," Dantonio said. "That's going to be a period of growth for him."

Michigan State also ran for 277 yards, and Kelly said he doesn't have to remind his team what it has in store Saturday.

"It's not like I have to stand in front of them and get them ready for this fight. They know what kind of fight it's going to be," Kelly said. "This isn't, you know, hey, guys, please listen to me this week. They know what they are going to get from Michigan State."

Tommy Rees has thrown for more than 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in all three of Notre Dame's games. Four of his seven TD passes have gone to DaVaris Daniels, who had eight catches for 167 yards last week.

While the Irish's offense has been solid, it will face a tough test as the Spartans are allowing an average of 177.0 yards, lowest in the nation.

"Very excited about our defense. I know they'll come to play," Dantonio said. "I think they're a confident football team. They like to play, they like playing on a big stage, which is positive."

Kelly said the Irish especially need to be aware of Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun, who has scored three touchdowns off turnovers.

"Well, you'd better know where he is. He's tall, he's long, extremely athletic," Kelly said. "You've got to play tough, physical football for four quarters. You've got to take care of the football. All of the little things matter in matchups like this."

Dantonio has been pleased with the leadership role Calhoun has taken on in his second season.

"He has more confidence now. Still a redshirt sophomore," Dantonio said. "He has a lot of charisma. That rubs off on everybody else."

Last season, No. 20 Notre Dame held No. 10 Michigan State to 50 yards rushing in a 20-3 victory Sept. 15 in East Lansing for its second straight win in the series.

The Irish, whose nine-game winning streak in South Bend is their longest since 1997-98, have won two consecutive home meetings with the Spartans after dropping the previous six.

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