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As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Info and these schools' sports information departments for the tidbits.
Michigan State is one of three schools to not allow an offensive touchdown and is the only one of the three that has faced a ranked opponent. The Spartans are allowing 225.5 yards per game this season, eighth-fewest in FBS.
MSU cracked the AP top 10 this week. Notre Dame has lost nine straight games against AP top-10 teams by an average of more than 15 points per game. The last time the Irish beat a top-10 team was in 2005, when beat No. 3 Michigan. The nine-game streak is the longest in school history. The previous longest was seven games, from 1984-86.
Notre Dame is looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2002, when the Irish started 8-0 and won 10 games.
The Spartans have played six night games since Mark Dantonio took over as head coach and three of them have been decided on the final play.
MSU's ranking is its highest going into a game against Notre Dame since 1979. Then, the Irish won 27-3 against the No. 7 Spartans.
Since the start of the 2010 season, the Spartans are 9-1 in games decided by eight points or less, including the OT win over Notre Dame two seasons ago.
Maxwell is completing 38.9 percent of his passes thrown downfield 10 yards or more this season. Le'Veon Bell, who could see a safety or two in the box. Bell is averaging 5.6 yards per rush when there are six or fewer defenders in the box, but that number drops by 2.1 yards when there are seven or more defenders in the box.
As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Info and these schools' sports information departments for the tidbits. Neither Everett Golson or Andrew Maxwell have thrown a touchdown pass of at least 10 yards.