Notre Dame has opportunity to shift perception with game at Michigan State

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In sports, the most important game is always the next one.

With all the hot-seat speculation now surrounding Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Nebraska's Mike Riley, talk about Brian Kelly's job situation has died down a bit.

Last year, Michigan State football took care of business against Notre Dame to improve to 2-0 on the young season and creep into the top 10 of the AP Poll. A win over Temple was nice. Will it be the Irish top-ranked rushing attack or the imposing Spartan defense?

This year's Michigan State team has been largely untested, blowing out Bowling Green and Western Michigan in its first two games. Not only have the Spartans game-planned well for the likes of Denard Robinson and Braxton Miller under Mark Dantonio's watch, but they've also had one of the best defensive performances in Big Ten history against Devin Gardner. Notre Dame finished with a whopping 515 yards rushing. Both are still options for Michigan State at tailback, along with Madre London.

Notre Dame has rushed for almost 1,000 yards on the season already, with two performances of over 400 yards on the season. Senior linebacker Chris Frey described the quarterback as a "capture" guy, one his unit must contain within the pocket or else he'll be risky in the open field.

Yes, that is the same Thomas as the one drafted in the same year, in the same round, by the same team as former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

The Irish, though, feature the combo of quarterback Brandon Wimbush and tailback Josh Adams.

When Michigan State has the ball, the Irish should be able to hold the Spartans at bay. This is the third of four straight home games to open the year for Michigan State. "Even though I think he's a redshirt-sophomore, he's a relatively young player in that regard". "For us to get to the playoffs, we're going to have to complete more passes, as well". As a result, there will be opportunities in the passing game, and on Saturday night Wimbush will connect on a couple of big throws. That's putting it mildly. The pair ran for over 200 yards each against Boston College. In 2014, the Irish lost 31-27 at Florida State. Notre Dame won 12 of them, but nine were by eight points or less. But winning or losing isn't where it stops.

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Kelly can put a lot of those demons to bed, at least temporarily, with a win Saturday night.

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