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Fifty years ago, Michigan State and Notre Dame played in what was then called the Game of the Century. It pitted No. 1 Notre Dame against No. 2 Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.Of course, it ended in a 10-10 tie, a bit of a letdown considering the magnitude of the game. However, 50 years later, the game still stands as an iconic moment with both programs.And when the Spartans and Fighting Irish meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, that historic game will be on the minds of many, almost as much as the fact the 2016 version of each team is trying to find its footing and jump into the national championship hunt.Very excited about going down to South Bend to play in this game, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. Its a rivalry game for us. Been involved in this football game probably since 97 as an assistant coach, and theres been some great games with Notre Dame.I think it all goes back to the 66 game certainly and even maybe before that. So its been a traditional-type rivalry and weve embraced that as we have so many of our other rivalries.Michigan State and Notre Dame have played 77 times, but this will be the first meeting since 2013 as the rivalry took a hiatus.Even with the break, the teams understand theyre getting ready for a big game.Its a winning team, so they know how to win, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said of the Spartans. We watched film after film of their games in the Big Ten and theres a lot of opponents that have em on the ropes and they find a way to win whether its Ohio State or Indiana who has a great chance to win the game, but they come back and beat them.So it says that you obviously have that winning attitude that you can close out games. But I think more than anything else is Michigan State is going to play the game with that mental and physical toughness and you have to match it.Notre Dame showed its own share of mental toughness in last weeks victory over Nevada, bouncing back from a double-overtime loss to Texas in the season-opener.The Fighting Irish allowed 50 points and more than 500 total yards in that game but were much more solid in the win over Nevada. What hasnt changed in two weeks has been the play of quarterback DeShone Kizer, who has taken control of the job he split with Malik Zaire in the opener. His passer rating is top-five in the nation and hes been nearly perfect in the red zone, completing seven of 10 passes with five touchdowns.Overall, the Irish have gained 444 total yards in each of the first two games, running for 239 against Nevada. Its that sort of production that has the attention of the Spartans.I would say overall their offense is extremely athletic and theyve got a lot of players, fifth-year senior linebacker Riley Bullough said. Kizer, hes an athletic guy, he can throw the ball but he can also take it and run. So to combat that, youve got to be fundamentally sound on defense. Everyones got to do their job. Theyve got to do it every single play for the entire game.Michigan State had a bye in week two, giving them time to straighten out several issues from an uninspiring victory over Furman in the season-opener that featured 10 penalties and a pair of turnovers.So instead of taking it easy during the bye, the Spartans went to work, fixing their own issues while getting a jump on the Irish.Ive been reminded by one of our coaches weve had one game in six weeks since coming here on Aug. 5, Dantonio said. So hopefully practice makes perfect. ... Again, weve waited. 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This was what the 46 scouts representing 28 major-league teams had come to see.Tebow and his representatives wanted to make the showcase as authentic as possible, so they added a wrinkle for another round. David Aardsma and Chad Smith, two pitchers with major-league experience, threw a simulated game to Tebow, with balls and strikes, changeups and breaking balls mixed in with heaters, and an ever-present surprise element: One pitch after the next, Tebow had no idea what was coming.Tebows willingness to hang in the box and keep swinging away said a lot about the enthusiasm and seriousness he has for his quest. But on an oppressively hot, blazingly sunny Southern California day, his performance in the extra session sucked some of the air out of the workout. It also drummed home a lesson: He has a lot of ground to cover, in a brief window of time.The batting practice was impressive, and if he had carried it over into the simulated game, I think a lot of teams would have come away from this very interested, a veteran scout said. But it just didnt translate. He was out front a lot and he didnt recognize some pitches. He didnt take the same approach. It seemed like he was more interested in making contact, and his barrel was dragging.I can still see a team being interested, but he has a long way to go.Roy Hobbs in the novel The Natural was 34 when he reached the big leagues, but Tebows non-fictional approach to reinventing himself doesnt afford him that big a window. Hes 29 years old and hasnt played organized baseball since his junior year of high school in Florida. He needs to absorb a lot of subtleties that he missed while focusing exclusively on football for a decade.Tuesdays showcase was Tebows coming-out party after three months of working out with former big-league catcher Chad Moeller in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tebow showed up on the main field at 11 a.m., wearing a black Lycra shirt that accentuated his muscles, along with orange socks and an orange compression sleeve on his right arm.You look good, you feel good, Tebow said. You feel good, you play good.Tebow stuck to a tightly-scripted menu of activities. First he ran a 60-yard dash that scouts timed at 6.6 to 6.8 seconds -- a better than average grade on the 20-80 player evaluation scale. The next round of activities, shagging balls in the outfield and making throws, didnt go as well. Tebow looked mechanical at times, had a misstep or two with his footwork, and showed a throwing arm that one scout gave a 40 grade.Two things everyone agreed on: 1) Tebow is a gifted athlete; and 2) hes a world-class competitor. Moeller, his mentor, half-jokingly says that its hard to wrestle the bat out of Tebows hands because of the pronounced size difference between them. When Tebow refused to say uncle amid temperatures in the high 80s, Moeller finally had to walk onto the field and obstruct his view for the workout to end within two hours.I thought Tim threw the ball welll, Moeller said, and he obviously ran well.dddddddddddd Hes a special athlete. As hitters, do we always think we can do something a little better? Sure. But I liked what I saw. He showed he can obviously hit a baseball a long way. He has great opposite-field power, and I thought the live at-bats went well. Theres no question David Aardsma was out here today looking to find a job for next year. That makes it more real.When asked to cite major-league comparables for Tebow, scouts strained for names. Tebow stands 6-foot-3, weighs 255 pounds and has 7.3 percent body fat. Even perennial MVP Mike Trout doesnt have that kind of physical presence.How about a poor mans Kirk Gibson? a scout said. Hes just a big, strong football player who plays the game hard.Another scout mentioned Ryan Klesko and Laynce Nix, muscular lefty sluggers who had a lot of power and some significant swing-and-miss in their portfolios. A third scout, while stumped for comps, made it clear that Tebow definitely has the raw materials.As an open-field runner, hes what youre looking for, the scout said. And his raw power is an (80). The biggest questions are, what level does he compete at early, and how long is he willing to give it? Hes got every tool youre looking for. But how does he make the adjustments as a hitter?So what comes next? After Tuesdays workout, five or six teams met with Tebow privately, which was a positive sign. Brodie Van Wagenen, Tebows representative at CAA, said the ideal scenario would be for a team to sign Tebow and get him in uniform by the instructional league in late September. The development plan might include a stint in the Arizona Fall League or in winter ball, possibly in Latin America.Theres been a lot of skepticism and a lot of criticism, and naturally everybody comes with a little bit of hesitation when they get to see what this euphoria is all about, Van Wagenen said. I think teams have been very pleasantly surprised with Tims talent and his commitment. Theyre viewing this with a whole new appreciation of him as a baseball player -- not just a celebrity or a needle mover.As scores of teammates and others can attest, no one states the case for Tebow better than Tebow himself. During a 15-minute give-and-take with reporters after his workout, Tebow spoke with fervor, humor and not a shred of doubt that he will do everything in his power to become a baseball player. Hes willing to handle the drudgery and make whatever sacrifices are necessary.This is something I love and Im passionate about it, but its not my identity, Tebow said. Its not my foundation. I have that in so many bigger things -- my faith, my family and all my relationships. When you have that mindset, it lets you be free to go out there and compete. You dont have the fear of failure and what other people say about you. You can just go out there and go after what you believe.Long story short: A rough batting practice session here or a few hiccups there arent going to dissuade Tebow from the task at hand. He has made up his mind that hes going to play baseball, and hell keep trying until everyone tells him no. 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