Michigan State tangled with Notre Dame last weekend and lost, 27-3. Saturday, the Spartans come back from three-year NCAA-telecast exile (recruiting violations) with a chance for redemption against Michigan, but bump not only into the Wolverines in East Lansing, but for the second straight weekend, a Roman Catholic institution in the Chicago area. That's right, ABC-TV'S national showing of MSU-Michigan is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT -- right after Pope John Paul II arrives in the Windy City. And ABC will be covering the papal presence first. The kickoff will be delayed until 2:10 if necessary; if the news coverage takes more time, the opening segments of the football game will be shown on video tape during halftime . . .

Washington fans can check out Nagelo (Grizzly) Fields, 6-6, 295-pound Mithican State senior from Wilson (D.C.) High. Fields, to lessen stress on his surgery-scarred knee, this year was shifted from defensive to offensive tackle, where he can protect a quarterback rather than maul one . . .

Harold McLinton is the latest to join former 'Skin mate Ted Vactor's U. of District of Columbia football coaching staff -- ex officio for the nonce, for the longtime linebacker cut-on season's eve still is on the Redskin payroll. UDC's Jim McCannon throws in the interesting fact that noe only is Craig Jeffries, senior ballhawk whose three interceptions helped Cheyney State spoil UDC's opener, a Dunbar (D.C.) grad, but that he is the son of Muriel P. Jeffries, as in Muriel P. Jeffries Stadium, Dunbar's field at New Jersey and N Streets NE that Vactor's Firebirds use as home base, Mrs. J. for many years boosted the Dunbar athletic program along . . .