Michigan State vs. Notre Dame: Point Spread, Total & Prediction


Because head coach Brian Kelly is going on seven years here, it is easy to forget about the mess he inherited when he took over before 2010, and how he has since turned Notre Dame into one of the most stable programs in the country. In the run-up to this week's game, the Chicago Tribune asked him about it, and he told them in no uncertain terms that he does not regret it. The Spartans piled up 501 yards of total offense and prompted a social media controversy over a fan's comment calling for the firing of Irish defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder. "That's not even part of the conversation". And if you look at their defense, they're consistently strong and they're constantly winning up front with their front four, they're aggressive in the back end, making plays in the back end.

"Practice tackling, practice fitting up on every play during practice".

The youth and inexperience of the defense is not lost on Kelly. "It was 1 versus 2, and the game ends in a tie", he said. We can't trade em, they're not getting cut. "They got two verticals, pretty standard deal, corner's trying to midpoint two vertical, we buzz it with the underneath coverage guy, and we're not in good position". I thought we did that.

"We still had two timeouts", Kelly said.

Notre Dame has now allowed 60 touchdown drives of 70 yards or more in the last 25 games of the Brian VanGorder era.

"Those are the guys we have", Kelly said, according to Tom Coyne of the Associated Press. "We take it from here, start to develop an identity". "And that's because people got together, whether it was (former MSU president) John Hannah and people at Notre Dame got together and they made it happen". "These are the players that are going to play for us". It starts with being thumb-pointers and not pointing fingers and blaming the problems on others. "Maybe somebody needs to be worked a little bit differently maybe from a walkthrough perspective?"

Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing. "We had to be able to run the football, we were able to do that, (and) come up with some explosive plays".

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"Obviously, from our perspective, we've got to do a better job coaching", Kelly said.

Notre Dame's second turnover came on its next possession. The Irish offense did not respond well, as Kizer was promptly intercepted on the second play of the drive by junior Michigan State linebacker Jon Reschke. It's a lack of consistency and fundamentals, though, that prevents the team from doing that for an entire game.

The third quarter was disastrous for the Irish defense. He threw and early interception, but what happened after that was just incredible. Julian Love saw most of the snaps at nickel and corner.

"We gotta play tough, consistently - that's really the biggest thing", Onwualu said. Please see our terms of service for more information. Once again Michigan State faced a 3rd down.

Kizer wasn't ideal in Saturday's loss, as he said. Could a two-loss team make the CFP? We've got kids that fight and have resolve.

It comes down to "consistency of performance" from the defense in the third year under VanGorder. When the 5-foot-8, 185-pound sophomore busted around the edge, galloping into the end zone on the opening play of the game, momentum might have shifted.