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Notre Dame has to beat Michigan State this weekend if they want to gain national respect

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

The Notre Dame fighting Irish haven’t been able to gain the national respect this year. They’ve gotten off to a 2-0 start, although they struggled against Purdue. The problem Notre Dame is facing is that they haven’t deserved any national respect so it doesn’t matter what their record is right now. This weekend that can all change. Notre Dame is primed with a big match up with the Michigan State Spartans, a top 13 team this year in the rankings. If Notre Dame wants respect, walking into the house of a power house team and beating them will force the voters to take Notre Dame seriously.

This year, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have their fate in their own hands. They have a strong schedule and a talented roster. If they play the way they’re capable of and eliminate stupid mistakes- there’s no reason why we can’t see a 9-3 or even a 10-2 season. Anything can happen when the right pieces are in place and I’d like to see them start taking advantage of that.

I’m not a huge fan of Brian Kelly and I think this is truly a make or break season for him. Heck, I think this could be a make it or break it game for him because he needs a big win on his resume. He hasn’t been able to really get Notre Dame over the hump in big games and this could be the weekend to change that.

If Everett Golson continues his impressive play and is able to make things happen with his legs, make good throwing decisions in the pocket, it’s going to open up the run game in huge ways. If Notre Dame can open up the run game, they’re going to put points on the board. I really like this year’s defense so if this game has the Irish scoring points, I REALLY love their chances.

We’ll have to see what happens.  As a die hard Irish fan, this weekend is going to be season changing- one way or another.