Rivalry Could Light Fire for Notre Dame

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There’s no escaping the conga line of excruciating Notre Dame losses in recent years. If the 35-31 loss last week to Michigan wasn’t transcendent enough, Michigan State’s presence at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday will serve as a stark reminder of another wound not fully healed.

Pain is gain, they say. Maybe it will take players getting fed up after all the last-second touchdowns and fake field goals in overtime to finally get this program over the hump.

“We want to get revenge, and we know that it’s a big rivalry game, and it’s a game that we can get back on our feet,” receiver Michael Floyd said.

The game against the 15th-ranked Spartans (2-0) might be just what Notre...

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