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Greetings from Sparta

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State won't have to worry about rain washing away a big lead today in the second half, as it did two years ago against Notre Dame. It's a gorgeous day here and should stay that way through the rest of the afternoon.

Great atmosphere around the stadium today. The Michigan State student section is filling up fast in the southeast corner of Spartan Stadium. Notre Dame Nation also is here in force. Saw several Jeff Samardzija No. 83 jerseys milling about. Best G-rated T-shirt I've seen so far: Sparty On. Good stuff.

So I'm officially famous. Sort of. For the first time I've been recognized at a game, by a most likely inebriated Michigan State student you yelled, "Hey, Big Ten blogger!" I was honored.

I haven't spotted Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis yet. Weis is going to tough it out today with a brace on his knee after tearing his ACL and MCL last week.

The Stanley Cup is on display in the northwest corner of the stadium, and fans can take a picture with the most famous trophy in sports for a $5 donation. Proceeds go to help kids with cancer, part of the "Shoot for a Cure" initiative led by Justin Abdelkader, a former Michigan State hockey player now with the champion Detroit Red Wings.

Check back later for updates throughout the game.