Notre Dame football hopes road success continues at MSU
Notre Dame football is coming off a big 49-20 victory on the road against Boston College. Now, with another road contest on the horizon, head coach Brian Kelly hopes his team gained valuable experience in the process.
"We take that, we move forward, and we go back on the road against a very physical opponent in Michigan State," said Kelly on Tuesday. "[They are] a team we're well aware of what they're capable of."
Despite a close first half against Boston College, the Fighting Irish pulled away in the second half and rushed for more than 500 yards as a team. That kind of toughness and perseverance is what Kelly hopes they'll take to East Lansing.
"That kind of performance is what is expected and needed when you play any Power 5 team," he said. "You have to just keep playing. I think that's what we've been trying to develop with our football team since January."
The Irish also experienced a new challenge for this particular group, playing its first road game of 2017, which Kelly hopes prepares them well for the coming game.
"I think with our guys being on the road for the first time last week, a lot of guys for the first time, it was a great kind of entry into going into an even more hostile environment at Michigan State," said Kelly. "[The Spartans are a] good football team. It will be an electric atmosphere. It will be loud."