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  1. Michigan State-Notre Dame working to revive rivalry

    May 14, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

    Kelly Dantonio

    While it hasn’t gotten the headlines of the rivalry between the Irish and the Wolverines, Notre Dame’s long-running series with Michigan State has also become part of the collateral damage from conference expansion.

  2. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Matthias Farley, Bennie Fowler

    Upon second inspection, Notre Dame’s win over Michigan State doesn’t look much prettier. But the result is all that counts for Brian Kelly’s team, who need to quickly turn the page and prepare for the Oklahoma Sooners, coming to town with revenge on their mind. At 3-1, the Irish sit at No. 22 in both…

  3. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly told us all week that he was expecting an ugly, hard-nosed football game. But even the biggest fan of a defensive battle had a tough time watching Notre Dame and Michigan State’s defenses beat up on the opposition, with neither team able to gain 300 yards of total offense. Even with eight penalties,…

  4. Pregame Six Pack: Streaking into the Spartans

    Sep 20, 2013, 2:29 AM EDT

    MSU Irish

    In an era where spread offenses and up-tempo attacks seem to have taken over college football, the 77th meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan State probably looks a lot like a game played a generation ago. “You might as well just play it in the parking lot,” Kelly cracked earlier this week. “It’s a fight.…

  5. Michigan State mailbag

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    TJ Jones, Taylor Richards

    Another week, another mailbag. I’ve been enjoying the camaraderie in the comments section. It’s starting to feel like our big, dysfunction, happy family is starting to get along. Maybe 12-win regular seasons really help the spirits! As usual, I’ll do my best to answer your questions. Feel free to correct me in the comments (also…

  6. And in that corner… The Michigan State Spartans

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Tyler Hoover, Micajah Reynolds, Kurtis Drummond, Max Bullough

    Forever tied together because of their consecutive tenures at Cincinnati, Brian Kelly and Mark Dantonio are nonetheless polar opposites on the coaching spectrum. Dantonio’s teams embody the Big Ten archetype, built around a power offense and an aggressive defense. Kelly made his name at Cincinnati putting up points by the minute, spreading defenses out and…

  7. IBG: Sparty on!

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    It’s that time of week where we fly at 35,000 feet and get our weekly status report on the Irish Blogger Gathering. This week, I’m quizzing the godfather of the IBG, The Subway Domer. I asked him to sort out the running back situation, the Irish problems on defense, and hand out his letter grades…

  8. Game within the game pits Irish offense against Narduzzi

    Sep 17, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Amir Carlisle

    After starting quickly against Temple, the Irish offense took some time to get started against Michigan and Purdue, with defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Greg Hudson getting their troops to play well early. That challenge will continue this weekend when the Irish face off against Pat Narduzzi, the architect of the blitzing, aggressive 4-3 scheme…

  9. Lynch adds another level to Irish pass rush

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    Aaron Lynch has always had a flair for the dramatic. Whether it was a recruiting battle that played out like a Friday Night Lights episode, his eye-popping performances in the Army All-American Bowl and the spring’s Blue-Gold game, Lynch came to campus with lofty expectations heaped on him by anybody that followed the Irish. Brian…

  10. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:13 AM EDT

    Kelly and Blanton

    In a series of games that have seen close wins by both Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Irish finally were able to pull off an impressive victory — something that’s been few and far between these past 15 years. After dominating the Spartans in every phase of the game, it’s finally time to find…

  11. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton

    Robert Blanton wasn’t taking the bait. After doing everything but putting on Superman’s cape in Notre Dame’s 31-13 victory over No. 15 Michigan State, NBC’s Alex Flanagan asked the senior cornerback if this was the best game he’s ever played. “No, ma’am,” Blanton replied matter-of-factly. The response is the perfect one for a veteran leader…

  12. ND vs. MSU: Final questions for Joe Rexrode

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    There’s no day like today for the Irish. Win, and they’re one small step closer to digging themselves out of a serious hole. With a loss, well — Notre Dame is 0-3 and looking for some serious answers. Even though the Irish are a five point favorite, the Spartans have won 10 of the last…

  13. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on Sparty

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Theo Riddick Michigan State

    If you canvassed a group of Notre Dame fans, not many saw a 0-2 start coming. In fact, if you look at NDNation.com’s annual probability poll, there’s a bunch of statistical stuff that I’m sure I’ll mangle when explaining, but the gist of it is that most people had the Irish beating USF and a…

  14. IBG: Snapping back for the Spartans

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kelly Dantonio

    Saturday can’t come soon enough for the Irish, who’ll be looking to get rid of a very bad taste in their mouths after last week’s collapse against Michigan. Brian Kelly had the Irish going full tilt in practice yesterday, getting physical in its preparation for a smash-mouth Spartans team coming to town this Saturday. Before…

  15. And in that corner… The Michigan State Spartans

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Little Giants Michigan State

    If anybody is feeling bad for the hard luck 0-2 Fighting Irish, it certainly isn’t Michigan State. The boys from East Lansing have taken great pleasure in being a thorn in the Irish’s side, winning an amazing 10 of the last 14 match-ups between the two teams. No game was a bigger dagger than last…

  16. Unstable Midwest should mean good things for the Irish

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    brady-hoke

    Strange days lie ahead for the Big Ten, or whatever they’re officially calling the conference right now. (B1G?) As news broke that North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson could be taking his talents to Madison, it solidified the fact that there’s near historic instability around the Midwest in college football, a recipe that should help…