Michigan State Spartans at Oregon Ducks CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14
Michigan State Spartans (1-0) at Oregon Ducks (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Autzen Stadium)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
In the college football game of the week, the Michigan State Spartans will travel to Autzen Stadium to play the Oregon Ducks.
The Michigan State Spartans steamrolled the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 45-7 in their week 1 victory. Connor Cook looked sharp by completing 12 of 13 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langford averaged a solid 4.4 yards per carry. Tony Lippett exploded for 167 yards and two touchdowns on just four catches. Of course, we’ll find out just how effective Michigan State’s offense is going to be against tougher competition. Meanwhile, the Spartans defense proved that it’s once again going to be no joke, holding the Gamecocks to 22 rushing yards, forcing three turnovers and sacking the quarterback five times. Ed Davis led the way with 1.5 sacks, while Kurtis Drummond came away with his ninth career interception.
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The Oregon Ducks did what the Oregon Ducks do when they destroyed the South Dakota Coyotes, 62-13. Marcus Mariota completed 70 percent of his passes and had four total touchdowns, while Byron Marshall led the Ducks with 90 rushing yards and 138 receiving yards. As usual with the Oregon Ducks, it was an offensive explosion, as they finished the first half with 41 points and finished the game with 673 yards. Even without De’Anthony Thomas and others, Oregon remains an offensive machine that can drop 50-plus at the drop of a hat. Defensively, the Ducks allowed 370 yards and 7-17 on third down attempts. Not exactly the prettiest numbers given the competition, but Alex Balducci did have two tackles for loss, while Reggie Daniels and Erick Dargan led the way with seven tackles apiece.
This is one of those spreads that I simply can’t figure out and was floored when I originally saw it. While the Oregon Ducks are great and all, their weakness has always been physical, big, slow football teams. Teams that are nasty on the defensive side of the ball and wear you down on the offensive side with a power running game.
I was on the Stanford ML last season with supreme confidence and I’m taking a shot with the ML here. Call me crazy, but Oregon has always had issues with big, physical teams. From Auburn to Stanford, Michigan State will be the next team to pull off the upset.