Football detroitnews.com —  With the matchup between Michigan State and Oregon still four days away, the hype is already kicking in to high gear. ESPN will have its GameDay crew on site and analysts around the country are already breaking down what is likely the marquee matchup of the non-conference season in college football. But Mark Dantonio doesn’t think for one second his team will be fazed by it. Oregon’s Autzen Stadium is not huge, with capacity at 54,000, but it can be very loud.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio got nostalgic today, as he looked ahead to the biggest game in college football Saturday: a top-10 matchup between the Spartans and Oregon at Autzen Stadium (6:30 p.m., Fox). Seven years ago, Dantonio recalled, when he was starting out as MSU’s head coach, “it was about trying to get to these moments.”
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Football mlive.com —  "Right now I anticipate them practicing and playing,'' Dantonio said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday in the north end zone facility at Spartan Stadium. "We'll list them and when we get to the game, if they're not going to play, I'll let you know.''
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Football theonlycolors.com —  The Spartans move up two spots from last week. Michigan State's impressive win over Jacksonville State was enough to earn them a two-spot improvement in the Coaches poll, putting them above Ohio State for the time being.
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Football grantland.com —  Mark Dantonio and Pat Narduzzi have shared a sideline for more than a decade, first at Cincinnati and now at Michigan State, and in the process they’ve forged one of college football’s great coaching pairings. In recent years the head coach and his defensive coordinator won the Big Ten title, returned the Spartans to the promised land of Pasadena, and accomplished something even more exceedingly rare: In the age of the wide-open offense, they’ve built a shutdown college defense.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen couldn't wait to get started with the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday morning, arriving at the team's complex just as he was finishing up a phone interview with MLive.com. "Man, I'm real excited,'' said Allen, who was picked up by St. Louis after being cut by Carolina on Saturday. "Second chances are hard to come by in this league. Carolina didn't work out, it was tough not getting many reps or having a chance to show what I could do, but it's a business.''
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Football mlive.com —  Stopping Mariota and the Ducks' high-profile offense will be job No. 1 for the Spartans, who will travel to Oregon on Thursday in preparation for Saturday's 6:30 p.m. showdown of top 10-ranked teams.
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Football mlive.com —  Oregon, ranked No. 3 at the start of this week, has been favored by anywhere from 11 to 14 points against the No. 8 Spartans. Here are five things to watch in Saturday's game, which will be televised at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) by Fox:
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Football spartannation.com —  How far would you go for your dream? AJ Troup endured three knee surgeries, four seasons on the sidelines, and countless hours in the training room for his dream – playing football at the college level. On Friday night under the bright lights of Spartan Stadium, Troup realized that dream. Troup notched the first catch and touchdown of his collegiate career in the same play, a 17-yard connection with quarterback Connor Cook.
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Football freep.com —  No.8 Michigan State at No.3 Oregon is big enough to put in blockbuster movie terms, so think of it this way: Oregon is Superman, MSU is the superhero's least favorite substance and the Big Ten is Princess Leia in 'Star Wars' saying: 'Michigan State, you're our only hope.'
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Football statenews.com —  No. 8 MSU (1-0 overall) football cruised to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State last week to kick off the season. The offense was electric, defense stiff and overall lived up to its top ten preseason ranking. Now with a top ten matchup set in place between MSU and No. 3 Oregon (1-0 overall) on Saturday, let’s take a quick look back for a few takeaways from the season opener.
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Football detroitnews.com —  As impressive as some of Michigan State's offensive numbers were in its season-opening victory over Jacksonville State, a coach always will find something to critique. For Mark Dantonio, that would be the Spartans' running game.
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Football mlive.com —  At the beginning of each week, we'll take an early look at Michigan State's upcoming opponent by zeroing in on some interesting numbers. This week, Oregon.
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Football mlive.com —  Four members of Michigan State's Rose Bowl team have rejoined their respective NFL clubs via the practice squad, according to an NFL.com roundup Monday. Middle linebacker Max Bullough is back with Houston after a strong offseason of camps and playing well in preseason games. Offensive lineman Dan France (Cincinnati), offensive/defensive lineman Tyler Hoover (Indianapolis) and receiver Bennie Fowler (Denver) all earned practice squad assignments.
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Football si.com —  When No. 8 Michigan State travels to No. 3 Oregon on Saturday night, the blockbuster game will double as an intriguing harbinger for how teams are viewed through the prism of college football’s new postseason format. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany deemed the game “disproportionately important” for perception in the playoff era, much the same way LSU's 28-24 win over Wisconsin on Saturday night will be viewed.
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Football mlive.com —  Cook had an ESPN raw QBR rating of 99.98 on a scale of 100. That’s the highest rating of any quarterback with at least 15 action plays in any of the last 10 seasons.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  I'm going to use Bill Connelly's Five Factors. The idea behind the Five Factors is to get a complete picture of a football game, similar to the Four Factors in basketball. For this first edition, let's go factor-by-factor:
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Football mlive.com —  Jacksonville State’s offense may have only managed one touchdown and 22 rushing yards Friday night. But it still managed to teach the Spartans defense an important lesson: the importance of conditioning.
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