Notre Dame storylines to follow at Spartan Stadium
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Notre Dame storylines to follow at Spartan Stadium

The result will determine the direction of both teams' season

Photo: Notre Dame at Spartan Stadium

Here are three keys to watch as Notre Dame (2-1) plays its second straight road game before a rabid crowd Saturday at historic rival Michigan State (2-0). (Irish and Spartans players from the 1966 Game of the Century that ended in a controversial 10-10 tie will be recognized at 75,005-seat Spartan Stadium.)

Wait and see: Notre Dame legendary quarterback Terry Hanratty said this is a wait-and-see game to determine the strength of his favorite team. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."