Notre Dame, Michigan St. ready for 'old school' matchup

Published: Sep. 22, 2017 at 5:46 PM EDT
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Notre Dame and Michigan State will play for the final time in almost a decade Saturday night in East Lansing.

Ticket prices for the game are 30-percent higher than the average Michigan State home game this season according to vivid seats.

11 of the last 15 meetings between Notre Dame and Michigan State have been decided by just one possession including last year's 36-28 win in favor of the Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium.

This will be Notre Dame's first trip to East Lansing since 2012, where there have been some crazy finishes between the Irish and Spartans at Spartan Stadium including Brian Kelly's first year in 2010 when Michigan State ran the little giants fake field goal to win it in overtime.

The Irish are looking forward to playing a night game on the road against a perennial Big Ten powerhouse.

"There's going to be a lot of energy. It's a rivalry game and they are going to be at home," said running back Josh Adams. "I hear its pretty good up there. It's going to be my first time up there so I'm excited to be there."

"Maybe the fans come in with a little bit more excitement for night games because it's primetime or whatever," said safety Drue Tranquill. "You will definitely feel the energy of the crowd a little bit differently."

One thing to always expect in this matchup is a battle in the trenches.

The game has an old school feel in terms of the battles between the players on the field.

"As an offensive lineman, I love playing against Michigan State," said Mike McGlinchey. "I love the kind of game that it is. It's always the toughest game -- one of the toughest games, one of the biggest fist fights that you're going to have."

"I think they're just a tough, physical football team. It's what you come here to do," said Tranquill. "They're a perennial big Power Five school, and to have the opportunity to play them, just a great coach, a great program, it's always a great game."

Notre Dame and Michigan State will kickoff at 8 p.m. Saturday night in East Lansing.