Five Answers: Notre Dame

Saturday was a painful day for Michigan State as the Spartans suffered their first loss of the season and possibly one of their offensive linemen. We give you the answers to the five questions we posted prior to the Spartans battle with Notre Dame. gave you five questions/points of interest prior to the game; now it's time to give you the answers.

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

Answer One: No! On the day Cousins was sacked twice by Notre Dame and hurried ten times in the 31-13 loss. Add in the possible extended loss of right tackle Skyler Burkland and Saturday was not a solid day.

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

Answer Two: We believe so as the Spartans looked out of sync and untested. While getting reps to many the previous week, the Spartans only dressed 70 for the game and 50 participated. While still young at some positions, Michigan State showed its youth on several occasions throughout the game. Things will get better in these areas as this team gains experience.

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

Answer Three: Not enough… The Spartans recorded three quarterback hurries and only one sack on the day. While there was pressure applied throughout the game (Kevin Pickelman) it was not enough to fluster the second year quarterback.

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

Answer Four: Adversity can come in many forms and on Saturday the Spartans saw their share. An injury to a key member of the offensive line could have crippled many teams but the Spartans learned a lot about Fou Fonoti's ability. Mistakes at key moments during the game did not help but in the end this team will learn and improve as the season continues.

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

Answer Five: Ask any coach in college football if they would be happy to hold Floyd to six catches for 84 yards and no touchdowns and all would say yes. Floyd got his catches but none of them hurt the Spartans by placing points on the scoreboard.

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