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Saturday, September 17, 2011
It's game day at Notre Dame Stadium

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Greetings from Notre Dame Stadium, where the Fighting Irish go for win No. 1 against the 15th-ranked and defending co-Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans.

Plenty of green has taken over Notre Dame's campus today, with even a few "Go Green, Go White!" chants sparsed among the tailgaters. I've actually been impressed by the number of folks who made the trip from East Lansing, Mich., to cheer on Sparty as it looks to improve to 3-0.

No need to remind everyone what's at stake here, especially with the way the Irish's next opponent, Pitt, has looked against Iowa early today.

On the field, kicker Kyle Brindza is once again sporting lime-green cleats, which, despite the considerable amount of green on the field today, still manage to stand out like a sore thumb.

The weather today has been beautiful and is expected to hold up, meaning we may just have a game that goes less than five hours. Knowing the drama that inevitably follows Notre Dame, however, I wouldn't count on that just yet.

Be sure to keep it here throughout the afternoon for updates and analysis from Notre Dame Stadium.