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Michigan State Spartans News and Views: Sept. 16

The Spartans are getting set for a big matchup with Notre Dame.

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Spartans Relying On Strength In Numbers Entering Notre Dame Game - Michigan State Athletic Site
Strength in numbers has long been Michigan State's unofficial motto and creating quality depth is arguably the most important development of the Mark Dantonio coaching era.

History of MSU-Notre Dame rivalry not lost on current players - 247
The current group of Spartans don't have much experience playing against Notre Dame, but that doesn't mean they don't understand the significance of the rivalry.

Michigan State secondary prepared for aerial assault from Notre Dame |
The No. 12 Spartans head to South Bend hoping to stay undefeated early in the season. The new threat to the secondary is No. 18 Notre Dame's dual-threat quarterback DeShone Kizer. Through the first two games, he's completed 71 percent of his throws (30-for-42) with seven touchdowns passes for the Fighting Irish.

Recruiting: How close was Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer to picking MSU? - DFP
Kizer’s recruitment really picked up steam during the spring of his junior season and MSU was very much in the mix. At one point, it even looked like the Spartans were the team to beat. Kizer told the following in February of that year:

No. 29 Jaren Jackson to Michigan State - Basketball Recruiting - Scout
One of the top power forward prospects in the country -- Jaren Jackson -- made a verbal pledge to Michigan State.

Jackson Jr. found what he was looking for in Michigan State -- talent and winning |
Jackson represents Michigan State's first commitment in the 2017 class. Jackson is ranked as the No. 22 overall 2017 prospect in the 247Sports Composite. ranks him as the No. 15 player.

How Tom Izzo changed approach to attract big stars to MSU - DFP
Newly-minted Hall of Famer got good news on Thursday: an All-America candidate said yes for third straight year. Even when a top recruit gets away, the words always are the same about why he considered the Spartans: Family. Chemistry. Fun.

Cross Country Prepared to Host Auto-Owners Spartan Invitational - Michigan State Athletic Site
After a week and a half hiatus the Michigan State men's and women's cross country teams are set to host the Auto-Owners Spartan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Forest Akers East Golf Course.

Watch: Mark Dantonio diagrams, breaks down 'Little Giants' - 247
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio joins ESPN to break down and diagram the famous "Little Giants" play to beat Notre Dame in 2010.

Spartans will play in a perfect temperature range |
Mother Nature will set the thermostat at a comfortable level at Notre Dame this Saturday

Committee recommends $750 million in public money for Las Vegas stadium for Raiders - ESPN
While $750 million in public money toward an NFL stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas has been recommended, the plan still needs approval from Nevada's governor and Legislature.

Big 12 expansion is affecting college hoops recruiting |
Football may dominate most of the conversation in Big 12 expansion, but basketball coaches and recruits are paying close attention as well.

Matthew Berry's fantasy football picks, sleepers, busts for Week 2 - ESPN
Matthew Berry offers the players he loves and hates for Week 2 and reminds you not to let one bad week change your mind about the players you liked when you drafted them.

10 things to know in college football for Week 3 | PFF
From Lamar Jackson's first true test to the state of the Big 12 conference, here's your one-stop shop for Saturday.

NCAA and ACC in the right for removing championships from North Carolina | Herald-Leader
The NCAA and ACC are right to pull postseason tournaments and championships out of North Carolina. Shannon Dawson vs. Neal Brown is an interesting Saturday matchup. UK has checkerboards, Louisville has chrome. Reds giving hope for next year.

Thunder guard Victor Oladipo says there is "no question" national anthem protests will transfer to the NBA - ESPN
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo believes protests surrounding the national anthem will also take place in the NBA.

Celeb Spartans: 40 of Michigan State's most famous alumni |
These Spartans went on to big things after their days in East Lansing.