It's fitting that the Michigan State Spartans hosts Notre Dame as they look to solidify a spot in the Top 10 of the AP Poll with a third win to open the 2012 campaign. After all, Sparty's recent run of football success began with a bold call against Notre Dame back in 2010. Since duping Notre Dame with its "Little Giants" fake field goal, Michigan State has gone 22-5.
Rather than relying on trick plays or offensive pyrotechnics, Michigan State will likely call on a stout defense to hold down the Irish. Having turned over the reins to quarterback Tommy Rees late in a win over Purdue, Notre Dame arrives in East Lansing with talented but out-of-sorts offense. While Notre Dame enjoys an overall edge in this rivalry, Michigan State has won 10 of the last 15 gridiron meetings between the two schools.
Will Michigan State dig deep into the playbook for another memorable play? Can the No. 20 Fighting Irish put the No. 10 Spartans in a position where they even need to?