I've been in attendance for both of Notre Dame's games this year, so rough is an understatement. There were certainly high expectations going into this season, so its disappointing to see the season begin the way it has. I'm not really one to make excuses, but the Irish have had all kinds of bad luck. Untimely red zone turnovers and Gary Gray's worst game of his career are sitting between Notre Dame and a perfect record. But it is what it is, and there's still plenty of football to play. And a win against Sparty would certainly help right the ship.2. Notre Dame leads the FBS in turnovers so far (sorry to bring that up). How many have been caused by flukes or weird bounces, and how many can be attributed to genuine mistakes by the offense?
It's split almost evenly between flukes and mistakes in my opinion. The INT off of TJ Jones's face mask against USF, Rees's fumbles USF and UM, and Cierre Wood's fumble against Michigan when he ran into the back of a lineman could probably all be counted as flukes. And then Jonas Gray's fumble against South Florida can probably be credited as an outstanding defensive play to rip the ball out. It's hard to call all of them flukes because they keep happening, but I'm not sure what the coaches can do about it. Now, Rees's interceptions are more genuine. He has a habit of staring down Michael Floyd and throwing it into double coverage, but I can't say I blame him. Floyd has been huge so far and I'd rather have my quarterback try to get the ball to his playmaker than ignore him (*cough*Crist!*cough*). But his decision making needs to improve. These turnovers are taking years off my life.
3. We know Manti Te'o is a wrecking ball. Give us the name of another defensive player MSU should be highly concerned about.
4. How has the offense looked this year besides the Crist/Rees to Floyd parts?
5. Lastly, there's a game on Saturday! Tell us how you think it'll play out and your prediction.