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Opponent: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Final Score Prediction: 30-17, Michigan State
Notre Dame has had a rough start to their season.
After being upset at home in Week 1 against South Florida, Notre Dame gave up a huge fourth quarter lead to Michigan in Week 2. They regained the lead with 30 seconds left in the game, all but sealing a victory.
Michigan shocked the world and scored with two seconds remaining, shoving a dagger into the hearts of Notre Dame players, coaches and fans.
How can Notre Dame not be both physically and emotionally drained?
Coming into the season, Notre Dame had high hopes, but after sputtering off to an 0-2 start and falling out of the AP Top 25, their hopes have been all but crushed.
The same cannot be said about their at-hand opponent, Michigan State. In the first two weeks, Michigan State has outscored their opponents 76-6. Granted, their opponents have been Youngstown State and Florida Atlantic, but the fact remains that they are a great team that's flying under the radar.
In fact, they're a 3.5-point underdog this weekend at Notre Dame. I do acknowledge the fact that Notre Dame is a good team that hasn't put it all together, but Michigan State is a good team that has put it all together, or so it seems.
Both teams have good offenses, and Notre Dame may actually be superior to Michigan State on that side of the ball, but this game will come down to defense. Defense has been Notre Dame's weakness so far this season.
Michigan State is my dark horse to win the Big 10 this year, and they will take care of business on the road in their first big test of the season.