After back-to-back wins over cupcake opponents, MSU now has a chance to get noticed. Saturday, the Spartans will head into South Bend to play an undefeated Fighting Irish team.
With both teams at 2-0, the national spotlight will be all over what is viewed as a feel-good story; the resurgent Notre Dame led by tough-talking, three-time Super Bowl champion Charlie Weis, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator.
While Weis' team - now ranked #10 - has the nation buzzing after a stunning upset of an suprisingly inept Michigan squad that was rated 3rd in the nation, Michigan State has a chance to steal all that buzz away for themselves.
Weis vows that the Spartans will not catch the Irish napping.
"Obviously, I'm very happy for our football team and for our coaching staff and for our university to come out with a win," Weis told the media following the 17-10 win over Michigan.
"That was a big win for us. But, with that said, I think they have a small time frame to get back to business. Because what you can't ever do is let a win like that be followed by laying an egg.
"I can't let them feel too good about themselves because we do play Saturday against a team that has definitely got the best of the rivalry here in the last bunch of years."
The Spartans have one of the better track records in the past few seasons against the Fighting Irish despite losing 31-24 a season ago in Spartan Stadium. MSU turned the ball over six times with former Spartan Steven Reaves starting for the still recovering from injury Drew Stanton.
With Stanton under center, MSU will have confidence that they can move the ball and score points. The question will be whether the defense, which has fare well to date, will be able to withstand the pressure that an offensive guru like Weis will be able to draw up?
Give the Spartans a "puncher's chance" to shake down the echoes in what should be a classic battle.