Michigan State and Notre Dame football play on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Michigan State (2-0) returns from a week off to take on 2-1 Notre Dame.
The Irish hold a 48-29-1 advantage all-time in the series and have bested the Spartans 19 of 35 times at Spartan Stadium. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio holds a 4-4 record against the rival during his tenure.
Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Michigan State-Notre Dame time, details
Kickoff time: 8:12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Weather: Clear skies with 5 mph wind. It’s expected to be 77 degrees at kickoff.
The line: Notre Dame is a 4-point favorite.
Over/under: 54 points
What TV channel is showing Michigan State-Notre Dame?
Michigan State vs. Notre Dame will be broadcast on FOX with play-by-play from Gus Johnson, analysis from Joel Klatt and sideline reporting from Jenny Taft.
How can I watch Michigan State-Notre Dame online?
How can I listen to Michigan State-Notre Dame on the radio?
Michigan State vs. Notre Dame can be heard on radio over the 39-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius channel 145, XM channel 195 and SiriusXM.com channel 957.
George Blaha will call the game with Jason Strayhorn handling analysis and Seth Newman on the sideline.
Michigan State vs. Notre Dame, 3 keys to the game
1. Protecting the football
Both of these teams have had trouble holding onto possession. Michigan State has fumbled 7 times (losing 4) through two games. Notre Dame has thrown a pair of interceptions, failed to convert on a pair of fourth downs and lost 3 fumbles through three games.
In a game between a Michigan State team that has scored touchdowns on 7 of 8 red zone trips and a Notre Dame squad that has scored on all 15 of its own, this game could come down to which side turns it over in a crucial position.
2. Notre Dame’s ground game
Sure, Michigan State’s run defense has looked good through two games, but that was against a pair of MAC teams. Now the Spartans will face an Irish team averaging 330.7 rushing yards per game, good for fifth place in the nation. Running back Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush have combined to put up more than 250 rushing yards a game on their own.
The Spartans will need a strong game from Joe Bachie and his linebacking cohorts to slow down a run game that has been gaining 7.5 yards per carry. They don’t need to stop Notre Dame; that won’t likely be possible. But containing the Irish and preventing the 60-plus-yard gains they’ve thrived upon will go a long way.
3. Lewerke through the air
In two games, Michigan State sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke hasn’t needed to air it out much. He did just fine taking the read option for big gains. But against Notre Dame, which has done well to stuff the rush but has been susceptible to big passing plays, he’ll have his opportunity.
Eleven different Michigan State players have caught a pass, giving Lewerke plenty of targets. He’ll need a big game from Trishton Jackson, who can be a dangerous deep threat but didn’t catch a pass against Western Michigan two weeks ago.