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Michigan State. We all know the stat. Notre Dame has lost 6 straight against the Spartans of Michigan State in South Bend. Usually, Michigan State is on fucking fire , or close enough, in the first 4-5 games of the season- before they fade out into irrelevancy. This years version of the Spartans, is on a different track. they are averaging around 3.8 yards per carry, and they lost to Central Michigan last week.
Whoa to us Irish fans. Let us not forget, that this game is never easy anymore. This game is physical. This game the recruiting stars,and homefield advantage go flying out the window. Too many times we have been burned by these Spartans. Watch with caution, but watch with hope. All streaks must end, and all signs point to this one ending in thunderous applause.
On to the good stuff...
What should you be drinking? Ahh... what will be the elixir of choice? Before I dive in, you may notice a theme building this year... beer is optional. Please keep in mind that I realize that 95% of you have your beer of choice that you have remained loyal to since sophomore year in high school. Bravo. Please consume your most comfortable glass of hops as per usual. The purpose of this segment is give you a more "spirited" option.
This week, I give you Jack. Jack Daniels. Now just the thought of drinking Jack, brings a smile to my face, but I have something special for you this week. It's called Lithium Motherfucker. Fantastic. Here's how to make it:
- 1 shot of Jack Daniels
- 1/2 of a can of Sunkist
- Lithium Motherfuckers.
Anytime I can use Sunkist in a drink- I'm pumped. And because I'm feeling so good, here's a bonus video about Jack...
Jack Daniel's Barrel Select
What should you be eating? You people may want to kill me for this one- and I may have suggested it before, but the taste is orgasmic. Deep-Fried White Castles. Prepare for bliss:
First, make a nice beer batter using these ingredients...
1 box of frozen White Castle Cheeseburgers
1 cup beer
1 cup flour
2 eggs beaten
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
- Blend flour, sat baking powder and baking soda. Add beer and eggs until batter is light and frothy.
- Coat the Castles lightly, but evenly.
- Deep fry at 350 degrees until golden brown.
Here's a nice video of the enjoyment:
What should you be wearing? I'll keep this one nice and simple. Wear what we did last year... Togas! Greet our nemesis in style with a nice toga to really confuse the shit out of them. Here are gender specific videos to help you along your way:
Offensive MVP: Michael Floyd. What Floyd has done in the past two games has been truly remarkable. I could compare him to every other WR in the country right now- but it's more fun to compare him against AJ Green and Julio Jones ( you all know why). Here are the stats:
- Julio Jones: 5 Rec. 55 Yds. 0 TD's
- AJ Green: 10 Rec. 138 Yds. 1 TD
- Mike Floyd: 11 Rec. 320 Yds. 4 TD's
Hmmm.... Mike Floyd is real, real good. So good in fact, that his injuries can break this team. Last year he was more than sorely missed against Syracuse and U$C. I'm pretty sure if he plays in the final minutes against Michigan- we may have had a different outcome.
Come Saturday against the Spartans, I expect Floyd to make a huge impact. Word has it, that he is moving around really well and should be close to 100% for the game. I'm don't think MSU has anyone that can cover him- I don't think there is a corner in the country that can keep up with him for an entire game. I'm talking like, 6 receptions for 127 yards and 2 TD's- and that may be with his knee cap sticking out of his skin.
Defensive MVP: Robert Blanton. The kid makes plays. The Fighting Irish had a perceived strength this year in their secondary. With the return of Darrin Walls, and both starters from 2008 back in Raeshon McNeil and Robert Blanton- these corners were supposed to shutdown all-comers. With only two games into the year, I 'm not even close to writing off this unit, but after rewatching both the Nevada game and the Michigan game... I'm not sure these guys are playing up to their potential.
I think Blanton has become our best overall cornerback. Why he is getting rotated in like he is, is a bit confusing to me. Maybe the coaches want fresh legs, maybe they are situational rotating the corners. Whatever. Blanton should be in the game as long as possible, in my opinion. I think that RJ will end up having one of those games against MSU that will have the rest of the fans taking notice, as I have. Look for an early INT to help set the tone of the defense and the game.
The Sleeper: Toryan Smith. Michigan State is supposed to come into Notre Dame Stadium and run the football. Everyone is expecting them to play the power game. I wonder if that is really going to be the case. If it is, Toryan Smith could play a very key role in stopping the inside run. Smith is a physical hitter, and he would relish the chance for a pound 'em type game. I have a feeling MSU will try to spread it out a bit more- but we will just have to wait.
Something else to watch: How will Notre Dame's defensive line react? I want to see what kind of changes are made before and during the game to help this unit play better. By play better, I mean; keeping the offensive lineman off of our linebackers, making holes for our blitzers, and making some god damn plays themselves. This unit has the talent- I have no doubt. But, are they game-ready and battle-tested yet?
Is there a rivalry trophy on the line? Duh. I wouldn't of asked if there wasn't. It's called The Megaphone. Here's the link to a Subway Domer post from 2007 about the trophies.
So who's gonna win? IRISH 38-16. I firmly believe that Notre Dame's offense is one of the best in the country. The passing game is second to none and the running game showed big signs of life last week. As long as the defense learns from its mistakes last week and can slow down what is a mediocre running game by MSU standards, than this should be a big victory to help keep BCS dreams alive.