Irish passing game puts focus on MSU secondary | greenandwhite.com | Lansing State Journal
Window into the secondary's mentality via Chris L. Rucker: "Our plan is just to not give up big plays. We feel like if we don't give up big plays it makes our defense a lot better and it makes it harder for teams to score on us." (I'm cool with this as long as they, you know, actually do it.)
Spartans ground game gets green light - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
#11 nationally in rushing offense at the moment.
Dayne Christ: Is Notre Dame QB Heroic or Dumb? - Health Blog - CBS News
Not mutually exclusive. (And the "dumb" part would fall on the coaches, really.)
Crist healthy, but Irish keep wary eye :: Herald News :: Local Sports
FWIW: "Not to put the whammy on him, but in his last 71 touches in competitive football, Crist has been injured three times. And he's playing in an offense under Kelly where the quarterback has been replaced in-game because of illness or injury 10 times the last 54 games."
South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame football: Heat intensifies for backup QBs
No clear #2 at this point.
Credit for Bearcats goes to Mark Dantonio or Brian Kelly? | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
Also not mutually exclusive.
Jon Schultz: Kirk Cousins set to be MSU's best QB, but is he a winner? - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
I'd note there are at least 21 other guys that will have something to say about the "winner" part of the equation.
Big Ten Preview: Ranking the best 15 non-conference games - The Dagger - NCAAB - Yahoo! Sports
MSU-Duke #1, obvs.
Sampson gives St. John's more good news - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Former MSU target Jakarr Sampson will play for Steve Lavin.
ADDED: "You're gonna see No. 93 out there" - LSJ Blogs: Hey, Joe
France/Treadwell will play on Saturday; extra D-line depth can't hurt. Narduzzi's answers about scheme/etc. typically non-confidence-inspiring (claims MSU has run 3-4 sets; true?); hopefully, just poor attempts at misdirection.
ADDED: Twitter / Kyle Neddenriep: Hamilton Southeastern's Gary Harris (2012) taking an unofficial visit to Michigan State this weekend, his AAU coach said.
ND also one of Harris's top 5 teams. (HT: Intrpdtrvlr/Con-T)