Football whatisyourprofession.blogspot.com —  The Spartans are underdogs on this one, and I think that would be a flawed assessment if MSU was fully healthy. I think the Spartan D is good enough to slow the Oregon offense down enough for a Spartan offense, at full strength, to score enough to win. The problem is that the O-line looks like it could struggle, at least enough to prevent the Spartan offense from keeping up with the Oregon offense.
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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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Football mlive.com —  Malik McDowell's grin stretched from ear to ear late Friday night as he recounted his debut as a Michigan State football player at Spartan Stadium. "My body didn't feel like it was my body,'' said McDowell, a 6-foot-6, 286-pound true freshman defensive tackle from Southfield High School outside of Detroit. "The adrenaline was rushing so much, it was crazy. It was fun, I was real excited out there.''
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Football freep.com —  The wait is almost over. The date Spartans fans and many other college football fans had circled on their calendars is less than a week away. Michigan State travels to Eugene to take on the No. 3 Oregon.
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Football freep.com —  Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode breaks down three key points after Friday's 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.
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Football freep.com —  Anyone who thinks a team needs its quarterback to be a captain must have forgotten about MSU's 13-1 season of 2013. A team needs vocal players, regardless of position, and it needs playmaking at quarterback. This team has both.
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Football freep.com —  Oregon easily got past South Dakota to open the season. Now the real challenge comes: Michigan State. The No. 3 Ducks host the No. 8 Spartans on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. “Now you guys can talk about Michigan State,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich quipped following the 62-13 victory over the Missouri Valley’s Coyotes.
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Football detroitnews.com —  “This is an opportunity game,” he said in his weekly teleconference Sunday. “This is an opportunity early in the season to, No. 1, see where we’re at as a program and go play a very good team away from home, which is always going to give you a different experience. We’ve got to travel a long ways to do it and play in a hostile environment, which we’re going to have to do later on.''
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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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