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Week 3: Did you know?

9/15/2011

As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for providing many of these tidbits.

  • Nine of the past 11 meetings between Notre Dame and Michigan State have been decided by seven points or less, with the game-winning score coming late in the fourth quarter or in overtime in eight of those meetings.

  • The last matchup between Michigan State and Notre Dame that involved a ranked Spartans team and an unranked Irish team was in 1997, when 17th-ranked MSU won 23-7 at Notre Dame.

  • MSU hasn't been ranked heading into a game against the Irish since 2000. (It was 23rd; ND was 16th)

  • This is MSU's highest ranking going into a game against Notre Dame since 1979, when it was No. 7. It lost 29-7.

  • Notre Dame has lost five straight September games. MSU has won six straight September games.

  • The Spartans have won six of their past seven meetings at Notre Dame, losing their last trip in 2009, 33-30.

  • MSU's 28 wins against the Irish trail only USC (34) for the most of any school.

  • The Irish lead the nation with five drives of 50 yards or more that haven't scored any points.

  • Tommy Rees has targeted Michael Floyd on 30 of his 73 passes (41.1 percent) this season. The next closest receiver has been thrown to 13 times.

  • Rees is 23-of-30 to Floyd for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He's 28-for-43 for 335 yards and three touchdowns when targeting anyone else.

  • The six points allowed by MSU are the fewest over the first two games of a season since 1965, when they allowed three points to UCLA and shut out Penn State.