Detroit News predictions: MSU vs. Notre Dame

The Detroit News
Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis returns after he was granted a sixth season of eligibility last week.

Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan State-Notre Dame game.

Matt Charboneau: It’s hard to get a gauge on each team this early, Michigan State because it’s played only once and Notre Dame because its week-two victory over Nevada didn’t exactly answer all the questions that came up in the season-opening loss at Texas. What is certain is Irish QB DeShone Kizer could present problems for the Spartans, especially if the defensive front has made a big jump from the opener. Michigan State could score its share of points against a suspect Notre Dame defense, which moves this game into a toss-up range. When it’s that close, go with the home team. Notre Dame 31-28

Angelique S. Chengelis: Notre Dame has an offense of playmakers and an awfully good quarterback in DeShone Kizer, but this is a task the Michigan State defense can handle — if it remains disciplined as it tries to contain him. Yes, the Irish are averaging 444 yards and have put up big numbers — 50-47 in a double-overtime loss to Texas and 39-10 in a victory over Nevada. Michigan State has played one game. Michigan State 35-31

MSU vs. Notre Dame preview: Containing Kizer key

Bob Wojnowski: The Spartans still must show they have a respectable offense, while the Fighting Irish must show they have a respectable defense. That’s why so much hinges on Tyler O’Connor, who has to hit some deep shots against Notre Dame’s depleted secondary. These games usually are tight, and the Spartans challenge is to keep up with the Irish offense. They will for a while, but they won’t contain dynamic QB DeShone Kizer down the stretch. Notre Dame 27-17

John Niyo: Notre Dame can’t afford a loss. Michigan State can’t afford to get behind early. But even if the Spartans are able to take advantage of a depleted Irish secondary, I’m not sure they’ll be able to keep pace with DeShone Kizer and that offense. Not the way Michigan State struggled to get pressure — and tackle — in its opener. Notre Dame 31-21