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Thursday, September 13, 2012
What to watch: Week 3 at MSU

By Matt Fortuna

Here's what to keep an eye on Saturday night as Notre Dame travels to Michigan State:

1. The QB situation. Would you expect anything different? Everett Golson is facing his first real road test -- in a hostile environment, at that -- and was pulled near the end of a tie game last week. Will we see Tommy Rees? This question probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

2. Cierre Wood. It's the 1,000-yard rusher's first game back from suspension, and he figures to see plenty of time behind Theo Riddick. The Irish will need to establish some semblance of a ground game if they want to move the ball against MSU's defense.

3. A wild MSU attempt. This is Mark Dantonio, and this is a prime-time home game. His fake field goal beat Notre Dame in 2010, and a Hail Mary beat Wisconsin last season. Dantonio also tried a fake field goal last season against Notre Dame, but it failed.