The Michigan State Spartans offense finally put some points on the board against Youngstown State last Saturday and they finally found the Quarterback to lead the offense. Redshirt Sophomore Connor Cook lead the passing attack with 202 yards and four touchdowns in just over two-quarters of play. It was enough for head coach Mark Dantonio to name him the starting quarterback moving forward into the season.
The decision to solidify the offense around Cook couldn’t have come at a better time. The Spartans will need every offense weapon at their disposal when they take on the Fightin’ Irish in South Bend this weekend. The Irish defense has been good this season and would have a serious advantage over a one dimension Spartan offense. However, now that they have settled on a quarterback, the Spartans could give the Irish a run for their money.
Everything To lose And Something To Prove
Notre Dame needs to win this game badly. They come into the game against the Spartans with a 2-1 record including wins over Purdue, Temple and a loss to Michigan. Notre Dame has dropped to #22 in this weeks AP poll and a loss to the unranked Spartans may cause them to fall off the poll all together. That would generate a ton of pressure for head coach Brian Kelly who recently signed a 5-year contract extension in the off-season.
The Spartans also need this game badly. Although they are 3-0, the victories were over opponents not near the same quality as Notre Dame. By winning this game the Spartans can prove to the college football world that they have what it takes to make a run at a Big Ten title.
Michigan State Spartans V Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish Game Information
- When: Saturday, September 21st, 3:30pm
- Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend Indiana
- TV: NBC
- Radio: WJR 760 (Detroit)