Michigan State vs. Notre Dame: A momentum shift

Kyle McMillenCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2007

IconThis weekend's game against Notre Dame could have been the momentum shift that the Spartans needed to push their way past the Badgers of Wisconsin. I know that Wisconsin is undefeated leading back into last year, but I believe they are vulnerable to the energized Spartans.

Last week, Brian Hoyer continued his excellent season with 11-24 completions for 135 yards and 4 touchdowns. The rushing attack continued to thrive with Javon Ringer going for 144 yards on 26 carries and Jehuu Caulcrick rushing for 83 yards on 20 carries. In addition, the defense continued to impress, holding the Fighting Irish to only 9 first downs the entire game and 4-15 on third down.

The only way the Spartans can beat the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend is for the defense to step up in ways it hasn't before in order to stop P.J. Hill. Hill is by far the most physical runner we have faced this year and in order to stop him, the defense needs to show some pride out there and swarm to the football. If the offense continues to produce as it has all year, and the defense shows up to play four quarters of football, then the Spartans look good for the upset.