Five Questions: Michigan State

Notre Dame looks to start 3-0 when it travels to East Lansing to battle Michigan State. Berk is back with his weekly Five Questions for this matchup vs. Notre Dame's long-time rival.

Saturday's game with Michigan State marks the 76th meeting between the two teams. Both teams enter the game with matching 2-0 records and the winner walks away with the Megaphone Trophy that has been awarded the victor since 1949.

After last week's close call, we have several questions to chose from in this week's Five Questions.


Can the Irish run defense keep Spartans tailback Le'Veon Bell in check?

Bell got off to a fast start in the Spartans season opener but came back down to earth last weekend when Central Michigan looked to force the Spartans to pass. The Irish are allowing an average of only 119.5 yards rushing per game while the Spartans enter the game with an average of 193 yards per game. Bell is accounting for an average of 140 yards per game. If the Irish defense can keep Bell from getting started, they'll have a great chance to place pressure on the quarterback and force turnovers.


Will quarterback Everett Golson be looking over his shoulder?

Golson had a solid game in his first home start but was pulled by Brian Kelly on the final drive in favor of Tommy Rees. This will be Golson's first game in an unfriendly stadium and could have him looking over his shoulder if he makes any mistakes.


How much of a role will the returning Cierre Wood have on the Irish offense?

Wood sat out the first two games of the season and this week is listed with George Atkinson behind Theo Riddick. The Irish will need all three backs to help get the running game going as the Spartans are only giving up 54 yards on the ground per game this season.


Can the Irish offense score a touchdown against Michigan State's defense?

The Spartans have yet to give up an offensive touchdown this season. If the Irish are not able to put points on the board early, it could make for a very long night.


Can Notre Dame continue to get to the quarterback?

The Irish have posted seven sacks on the season and will be tested by the Spartans who have yet to give up a sack this season. Top Stories