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Spartan Digest takes a look at the remaining opponents Michigan State will face fared in Week One of the season.

The first week of the college football season saw the Michigan State Spartans open with a home victory over Furman. How did the teams on the remainder of the Spartans schedule do in week one? Spartan Digest looks at each upcoming opponent.

Notre Dame – The Irish lost a heart breaker on the road at Texas 50-47 in overtime.  Brian Kelly entered the game playing two quarterbacks but left with many feeling DeShone Kizer had stepped forward to claim the job going forward.  The Irish trailed the Longhorns 31-17 in the third quarterback but fought back and looked in position to win but the Longhorns would take a lead with 3:29 left in the fourth quarter on a D’Onta Foreman touchdown run giving them a 37-35 lead.  However, Shaun Crawford would return the blocked extra point for the needed two points to tie the game and force the game into overtime where the teams traded touchdowns in the first OT.  In the second OT Texas forced the Irish to kick a field goal and used a five play drive that ended in a six yard touchdown run by Tyrone Swoope. Plays Nevada next.

Wisconsin – Paul Chryst got his biggest win since taking over the Badgers program when he knocked off LSU 16-14.  The win moved the Badgers into the Top 25 with some wondering if the Badgers have what it takes or is LSU on the downward spiral that almost cost Les Miles his job a year ago.  The Badgers defense came up big at the end of the game with an interception but also gave up 138 yards rushing to Leonard Fournette.  Plays Akron next.

Indiana – The Hoosiers survived a road scare with a big 22-point fourth quarter to take down Florida International 34-13.  Quarterback Richard Lagow passed for one score and ran for another in the all-important fourth quarter and the Hoosiers defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and forced a safety.  Plays Ball State next.

BYU – Kalani Sitake won his debut as the Cougars head coach when he sent freshman kicker Jake Oldroys into the game to kick a 33-yard field goal.  The freshman was good and the Cougars knocked off Arizona 18-16 on the road.  Plays Utah next.

Northwestern – The Wildcats took one on the chin a year after knocking off Stanford in Week One when they lost to P.J. Fleck and the Western Michigan Broncos 22-21 on a Clayton Thorson fumble at the goal line in the final minutes of the game.  Plays Illinois State next.

Maryland – New head coach DJ Durkin posted his first win as a college head coach when the Terrapins knocked off Howard 52-13.  The game was never in question as Durkin saw his team jump out to a 35-0 advantage at the half.  Plays Florida International next.

Michigan – Jim Harbaugh looks to have his quarterback as Wilton Speight rebounded after throwing an interception on his first snap as the Wolverines starter before finishing with three touchdown passes in a 63-3 win over Hawaii.  Plays Central Florida next.

Illinois – The Lovie Smith era got started with a bang as the Illini posted a 52-3 win over Murray State.  Defense was the name of the game for Smith’s team as they posted six sacks to go with a pair of early interceptions.  Plays North Carolina next.

Rutgers – Unlike the other new Big Ten head coaches, Rutgers head coach Chris Ash saw his team fall 48-13 against a ranked Washington squad on the road.  This week should be kinder to the former Ohio State assistant coach as his team will take on Howard.  Plays Howard next.

Ohio State – The Buckeyes rolled to a 77-10 win over Bowling Green with a school record 776 yards of offense.  Not only did the offense come up large the defense only gave up 69 yards rushing on the day.  Plays Tulsa next.

Penn State – The Nittany Lions got a win over Kent State as Saquon Barkley posted 105 yards rushing on 22 carries and one touchdown.  Quarterback Trace McSorley went 16-31 for 209 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in a 33-13 win.  Plays Pitt next.

There you have it.  The Spartans have eleven future opponents on the schedule and they went a combined 8-3 in Week One of the college football season.

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