Michigan State at Notre Dame
Michigan State's hits the road to face a reeling Notre Dame team with its back against the wall in Week 3.
Michigan State offense vs. Notre Dame defense
• Slowing the Spartans' ground game is Notre Dame's top priority defensively. Michigan State's pro-style running attack features one of the most underrated running back tandems (Edwin Baker and Le'Veon Bell), a physical offensive line and three good blocking tight ends. The Irish have faced a pair of spread-style offenses thus far and must bring a lunch-pail mentality to this game to slow MSU's downhill attack. The good news for Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and his 3-4 defense, though, is that ILBs Manti Te'o, Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese are better-suited to defend a pro-style ground game. They can use their strength and above-average take-on skills to attack going forward rather than chasing sideline to sideline.