Five Questions: Notre Dame

Week Three finds Michigan State on the road against a struggling Notre Dame team still looking for their first win of the 2011 season.

Things are looking good for Michigan State as they head off to battle Notre Dame on Saturday. Spartan fans know the Irish are better than their record and are looking for the Green & White to add another nail to their 2011 season.

Here are five questions/points of interest for what should be another great battle between the two longtime rivals.

Question One: Can the Michigan State offensive line come together and allow for a solid game running the ball and protecting Kirk Cousins?

Spartan fans know the offensive line is the key to the success of the 2011 season and the first major test comes against Notre Dame. With three first year starters along the line, it's important they step up and have solid games if the Spartans are to leave Notre Dame with a victory.

Question Two: Did the blowout of Florida Atlantic do more harm than good?

Yes it was great to see the Spartans blowout a team they should. However, would a little tougher game have given the Spartan starters more of a chance to work together? We'll soon find out how the team responds.

Question Three: Can the Spartans defensive front put pressure on Tommy Rees?

The Spartans defensive front played a solid game against Florida Atlantic, but now the test is Notre Dame and pressure must be applied to Rees if the Spartans are to be successful against the Irish.

Question Four: How will the Spartans react to adversity when it happens?

While Spartan fans hope the team gets off to a fast start, the odds are this game will be close and hard fought until the end. How this team reacts when things are not going their way will affect the outcome.

Question Five: Can the Spartans defensive backs stop Michael Floyd?

While people have praised the talents of Floyd since he arrived on the Notre Dame campus, he is now playing like a future NFL receiver with the skills of a game changer. The Spartans must contain Floyd from making the big plays if they hope to have success.


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