The Oregon Ducks will face the Michigan State Spartans in a clash of college football titans. The Ducks will look to prove they are not soft while the Spartans look to rise even higher in the rankings.
No. 3 Oregon opened their season at home against South Dakota, and they handled them easily as expected with a 62-13 victory.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota had four touchdowns despite playing only in the first half, and he will look to establish himself as the Heisman frontrunner with a victory over No. 7 Michigan State.
The Spartans had an easy victory of their own with a score of 45-7 over Jacksonville State. Quarterback Connor Cook is also in Heisman contention after building on a memorable Rose Bowl with 285 yards and three touchdown passes. All of his touchdowns came in the first quarter.
The Ducks are expected to win the Pac-12 and represent the conference in the College Football Playoff, but they will have to survive their big test against the Spartans to ensure they make it that far.
The Spartans are also expected to contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff, and they have a strong enough defense to slow down the Ducks’ high-octane offense. Cook is also a quarterback who can hang with Mariota in a shootout if it comes down to that.
The Ducks are looking to prove they can win a big game since losing to Stanford twice in a row, which has caused many analysts to view them as soft.
Prediction: Oregon 28, Michigan State 24