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Spartans' loss leaves that sinking feeling

Before the day started, we all said that Michigan State was carrying the Big Ten’s tattered banner. The Spartans appeared to be the best team in the Big Ten and they also appeared to be the league’s best hope to be a national title contender. But after a 20-3 loss at home to Notre Dame, the Spartans’ big dreams may be dashed. And the Big Ten may be relegated to the back burner of national relevance—again. Add Michigan State’s disappointing loss to the pile of Big Ten disappointment this year. The league has just four wins over Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Notre Dame shuts down Michigan State, 20-3

Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help No. 20 Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State 20-3 Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (3-0) snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years to give Brian Kelly a signature win in his third season. Read the full AP game recap. FOURTH QUARTER: Big plays helped Notre Dame’s offense break out on the way to a 20-3 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. With 10:50 to go in the first quarter, Everett

3rd Quarter Recap: Notre Dame 14, Michigan State 3

There were more punts than points in the third quarter and the margin is still 11, as Notre Dame leads 14-3. The teams combined for a total of five punts in the quarter. Michigan State has possession at its own 40-yard line to start the fourth quarter. [ BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten football game. Use the links above for more info on this specific game, including full Big Ten campus weather reports. And enter your zip code

2nd Quarter Recap: Notre Dame 14, Michigan State 3

Notre Dame sniffed out Michigan State’s rushing attack in the second quarter, holding the Spartans to 11 rush yards and the Fighting Irish now lead 14-3. Notre Dame opened up the lead, 14-0, after marching down the field for a four-play, 51-yard drive that ended when Everett Golson took a quarterback draw all the way for a six-yard touchdown run. Michigan State put the finishing touches on a 43-yard drive when Dan Conroy drilled a 49-yard field goal to make the score 14-3. The Spartans will get the ball to start the second half. [ BY QUARTER | BOX |

1st Quarter Recap: Notre Dame 7, Michigan State 0

John Goodman caught a 36-yard touchdown pass, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Notre Dame struck first when Everett Golson threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Goodman, the final play of a four-play, 51-yard drive. No. 10 Michigan State has the ball on its own 27-yard line to begin the second quarter. [ BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten football game. Use the links above for more info on this

Week 3 Previews: Spartans-Irish headline slate

Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions. Bookmark your game now and come back to track it: Illinois vs. Charleston Southern; Indiana vs. Ball State; Iowa vs. Northern Iowa; Michigan vs. Massachusetts; Michigan State vs. Notre Dame; Minnesota vs. Western Michigan; Nebraska vs. Arkansas State; Northwestern vs. Boston College; Ohio State vs. California; Penn

Revsine's Numbers: Stats weren't too pretty

Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times. Anyway, I know that when we launched back in 2007 there was a fear that we might be the TV equivalent of Pravda circulating only the positive spin on the news out of the Kremlin. I hope we’ve shown over

Dienhart: 12 Big Ten questions for Week 3

Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Can the Fighting Illini win if Nathan Scheelhaase isn’t playing quarterback? The attack struggled in a loss at Arizona State with Reilly O’Toole and Miles Osei under center with Scheelhaase out with an ankle injury. O’Toole hit 10-of-14 passes for 54 yards with

Week 3: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS fans: 19-5; .792 Tom: 19-5; .792 Brent: 17-7; .708 Charleston Southern (0-2) vs. Illinois (1-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Tom’s pick: Illinois, 33-7 – The Fighting Illini won’t need

Twitter: What trick play do Spartans run vs. Irish?

Love him or hate him, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio is a favorite among fans who enjoy trick plays. That’s everyone, right? Dantonio was up to his bold ways in Michigan State’s season opener against Boise State, and while the trick play didn’t work, we all appreciated the effort. If history is any indication, Dantonio may call another Saturday against Notre Dame. After all, two of the most memorable trick plays of the Dantonio era have come against the Irish. There was “Little Giants,” the fake field goal in overtime that literally gave Dantonio a heart attack, and there also was