It has been an impressive two weeks for Notre Dame, as the Irish have begun the season with two straight victories. And while the start to the season may be much better than last year's, the first true test for this team will come this weekend against the Michigan State Spartans.
The Spartans are a Top-10 team in both polls, have one of the better defensive units in the country and a running back named Le'Veon Bell, who seems to be making an early Heisman push. Notre Dame was able to contain the running back in last year’s victory, but it will likely be the key if the Irish are to pull off another upset over Michigan State.
This is a game that could really set the tone for the rest of the season, so here are the five most important players that will be responsible for slowing down the Michigan State workhorse.