Upset of the week: Irish over Spartans

A year ago, Notre Dame didn’t think the end of a game could get any worse after it lost at Michigan State 34-31 on a successful fake field goal in overtime.

Then the Fighting Irish played at Michigan last week.

Notre Dame blew a 24-7 lead in the fourth quarter, then allowed the Wolverines to march from the UM 20-yard line to Notre Dame's 16 in about 28 seconds in the final minute. Michigan won 35-31 after quarterback Denard Robinson threw a 16-yard touchdown to Roy Roundtree with two seconds to play.

Notre Dame has turned the ball over 10 times in its losses to South Florida and Michigan. That kind of poor play -- and bad luck -- can’t continue. Notre Dame’s defense will take advantage of MSU’s suspect offensive line and will force quarterback Kirk Cousins into a couple of turnovers to win another close game.