Michigan State Defense
The white and green defense ranks 8th in the FBS allowing only 226 yards of total offense, 11th allowing 55 yards rushing, and 27th passing allowing 171 yards per game. No team has scored a touchdown against the Spartans this season. Monster Defensive End 6’7” 278-pond Willam Gholston (7 tackles, 1 sack) and Linebacker Matt Bullough pace the unit. The Fighting Irish will have to fight extra hard to score on the Spartans who have kept dual threat quarterbacks like Golson in check.
A hot Notre Dame offense will face an even hotter MSU defense. The Fighting Irish defense is also very solid and has proven it can contain Bell. But can the blue and gold offensive line hold up its end of the bargain in protecting Golson and supporting Woods remains to be seen. It will be close as these games between the rivals tend to be but Notre Dame has beaten more worthy opponents this season. Now chalk up the Spartans in Spartan stadium on that list. The Irish have lost 12 of their last 15 openers but that trend will be reversed this Saturday.
Notre Dame 20 Michigan State 16
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