Football freep.com —  Freshman running back Royce Freeman made his anticipated debut for the No. 3 Oregon Ducks and showed a glimpse of the talent that was kept behind closed doors all summer. Poised and confident, the 6-foot, 229-pound back is so far handling all the expectations heaped on him as a five-star recruit. Freeman ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries for the Ducks in Saturday’s 62-13 victory over South Dakota. He also caught a pass for 11 yards.
Discuss »
Football freep.com —  Pictures probably won’t come from MSU — also a Nike school, with its own history of changing things up for big games — until some time Saturday morning. MSU coach Mark Dantonio had a one-word description Tuesday for the Spartans’ look in Autzen Stadium: “White.”
Discuss »
Football detroitnews.com —  Early Tuesday, Mark Dantonio talked about the excitement Michigan State feels entering this weekend’s showdown with No. 3 Oregon. “I think we embrace those situations,” he said. “We’ve played in big games before, so that’s not new to us.” By Tuesday afternoon, it was Oregon coach Mark Helfich’s turn to give his thoughts on the top-10 showdown Saturday in Eugene, Ore.
Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and his Ducks are embracing the hype surrounding their top 10 battle with Michigan State on Saturday. "We love this kind of game,'' said Helfrich, whose No. 3-ranked team is anywhere from an 11- to 14-point favorite over the No. 7-ranked Spartans. "It's a great story line, great for the media, great for the fans ... there will be some hyperbole drawn out of it.''
Discuss »
Football theonlycolors.com —  For Dantonio, the opportunity he and his team have Saturday night at Autzen Stadium is just another step in the process toward making Michigan State a national brand and not just one inside the 14-team Big Ten.
Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio doesn’t deny that Michigan State is bringing the Big Ten banner with it when his team heads out west to Oregon Thursday. But he’s not buying the narrative that the game’s result has a significant larger meaning for the two leagues as a whole.
Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's crucial week two matchup with Oregon will indeed be a top-10 battle on the west coast. The Spartans (1-0) moved up one spot to No. 7 in The Associated Press' latest Top 25 poll. Michigan State routed Jacksonville State last week, 45-7. The Spartans will take on Oregon, who held firm at No. 3, on Saturday night in Eugene.
Discuss »
Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman and Coach Dantonio talk about what it takes to get a football team to the west coast.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.”
Discuss »
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.''
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.''
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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:
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.'
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »