The routine is back…

Thursday night - NFL and College games

Friday night - High school games

Saturday - College games

Sunday - NFL games

Monday - NFL Monday Night Football

Tuesday - Wait for MACtion later in the year

Wednesday - Watch Real Housewives.

That last one is sort of true...dammit, okay, I’ll watch the occasional RH episode with Paige. I need a break from football at some point, right? Maybe not, but it’s a dadgum good guilty pleasure. Now that the college season is in full swing, it’s time to lock in on Saturday afternoon and veg out on college games all day/night long.

Alright, I’m with you on this - it’s not a great slate on paper, but when that’s typically the case, we get a weekend to remember. Is that the case on Friday/Saturday? Let’s hope so. It seemingly begins and ends with this one in East Lansing.

Keys to the Game - Oregon at Michigan State

When Oregon has the ball…Oregon RB Royce Freeman doesn’t get the attention that other running backs do nationally, but he’s the key to this offense. Last year, he averaged nearly seven yards per carry and scored the final two touchdowns in the Ducks win over MSU. Duck QB Vernon Adams Jr. is a true dual threat, but facing this Spartans defense is a whole different dimension for the former FCS star. He’s going to have to rely on Freeman for 20-25 carries to keep the chain moving. Michigan State must get a rush on Adams, but a controlled one that contains him in the pocket.

Oregon Offensive Players to Watch

QB No. 3 Vernon Adams, Jr. (Sr. 6’1”, 200 lb.)

RB No. 21 Royce Freeman (Soph. 6’1”, 230 lb.)

WR No. 2 Bralon Addison (Jr., 5’10”, 190 lb.)

LT No. 64 Tyler Johnstone (Sr. 6’6”, 295 l

Michigan State Players to Watch

DE No. 89 Shilique Calhoun (Sr., 6’5”, 250 lb.)

NT No. 4 Malik McDowell (Soph. 6’6”, 275 lb.)

S No. 26 R.J. Williamson (Sr. 6’, 216 lb.)

When Michigan State has the ball…Run the ball. With one of the most experienced offensive lines in all of college football, MSU must put the onus of the offense on that quintet's shoulders. It may sound weird, in some sense, that I'm advocating pounding the rock with three year starter Connor Cook under center. I’m just not convinced that the Ducks can handle a physical, B1G beating up front. Remember the last time this Ducks defense saw a B1G offense? Yeah, it didn’t go well against Ohio State in the national championship game and that was with Arik Armstead at defensive tackle. Oregon can’t sit still. It’s got to move, slant and run blitz to disrupt the offensive run blocking scheme. If it doesn’t, it’ll get mauled.

Michigan State Offensive Players to Watch

QB No. 18 Connor Cook (Sr., 6’4”, 220 lb.)

LT No. 74 Jack Conklin (Jr. 6’6”, 325 lb.)

WR No. 16 Aaron Burbridge (Sr. 6’1”, 208 lb.)

Oregon Defensive Players to Watch

DE/DT No. 44 DeForest Buckner (Sr. 6’7”, 290 lb.)

ILB No. 35 Joe Walker (Sr. 6’2”, 240 lb.)

S No. 8 Reggie Daniels (Jr. 6’1”, 205 lb.)

Best 2016 NFL Draft Prospect Matchup

Oregon LT No. 64 Tyler Johnstone v. Michigan State DE No. 89 Shilique Calhoun

Michigan State OT No. 74 Jack Conklin v. Oregon DE No. 44 DeForest Buckner

Conclusion

ESPN’s College GameDay will be on hand as it was last year in Eugene for the 2014 meeting between these two. Michigan State’s offense had Oregon on the ropes after a 2nd/3rd quarter run that put them up 27-18 early in the second half. But, then the dam broke open. Wide open. 28 unanswered Duck points sent Sparty back to East Lansing with its first loss in months. Adams is a dynamo with the ball in his hands and makes the Oregon offense nearly as dangerous as last season when it had Marcus Mariota in charge. But, that 28-point run left a stain on the Spartans’ 2014 season, so don’t expect Sparty to allow the Ducks offense to roll in and dominate.

Michigan State - 38 vs. Oregon - 29

 

Saturday Games - Home Team in Bold

Florida State - 41 vs. USF - 20

Auburn - 51 vs. Jacksonville State - 10

Michigan - 24 vs. Oregon State - 21

U Conn - 29 vs. Army - 17

Kansas State - 38 vs. UTSA - 17

Illinois - 34 vs. Western Illinois - 21

Maryland - 42 vs. Bowling Green - 34

Louisville - 35 vs. Houston - 31

Penn State - 28 vs. Buffalo - 13

Purdue - 41 vs. Indiana State - 17

Wisconsin - 34 vs. Miami (OH) - 16

Charlotte - 45 vs. Presbyterian - 17

Wake Forest - 23 vs. Syracuse - 21

Clemson - 38 vs. Appalachian State - 14

Boston College - 54 vs. Howard - 9

Colorado - 42 vs. U Mass - 31

Washington - 41 vs. Sacramento State - 12

Texas Tech - 49 vs. UTEP - 35

West Virginia - 56 vs. Liberty - 17

Central Michigan - 48 vs. Monmouth - 10

Northern Illinois - 37 vs. Murray State - 16

Ohio State - 63 vs. Hawai’i - 12

Southern Mississippi - 41 vs. Austin Peay - 13

Minnesota - 27 vs. Colorado State - 26

TCU - 49 vs. Stephen F. Austin - 16

Rutgers - 36 vs. Washington State - 31

Georgia Tech - 49 vs. Tulane - 21

Notre Dame - 34 vs. Virginia - 13

Virginia Tech - 35 vs. Furman - 7

Georgia - 38 vs. Vanderbilt - 13

Ole Miss - 42 vs. Fresno State - 14

Alabama - 35 vs. MTSU - 14

Arkansas - 51 vs. Toledo - 28

Northwestern - 42 vs. Eastern Illinois - 6

Wyoming - 24 vs. Eastern Michigan - 14

Iowa - 26 vs. Iowa State - 24

Cal - 40 vs. San Diego State - 28

Tennessee - 31 vs. Oklahoma - 27

Duke - 49 vs. NC Central - 10

North Carolina - 56 vs. NC A&T - 13

NC State - 41 vs. Eastern Kentucky - 14

Pitt - 28 vs. Akron - 21

Kent State - 42 vs. Delaware State - 10

Georgia Southern - 29 vs. Western Michigan - 24

ULL - 41 vs. Northwestern State - 21

ULM - 38 vs. Nicholls State - 17

Texas State - 54 vs. Prairie View A&M - 9

Troy - 34 vs. Charleston Southern - 17

Marshall - 38 vs. Ohio - 35

Old Dominion - 49 vs. Norfolk State - 13

SMU - 35 vs. North Texas - 27

Arizona - 42 vs. Nevada - 31

Texas A&M - 51 vs. Ball State - 16

Missouri - 34 vs. Arkansas State - 17

Florida - 28 vs. East Carolina - 14

Memphis - 35 vs. Kansas - 34

Oklahoma State - 54 vs. Central Arkansas - 16

Baylor - 69 vs. Lamar - 21

South Carolina - 31 vs. Kentucky - 29

USC - 109 vs. Idaho - 2

Nebraska - 49 vs. South Alabama - 21

Texas - 23 vs. Rice - 20

Indiana - 27 vs. FIU - 20

New Mexico State - 34 vs. Georgia State - 23

Cincinnati - 29 vs. Temple - 24

Tulsa - 41 vs. New Mexico - 34

Mississippi State - 27 vs. LSU - 23

Air Force - 38 vs. San Jose State - 23

Boise State - 27 vs. BYU - 19

UCLA - 42 vs. UNLV - 17

Stanford - 28 vs. UCF - 10

Arizona State - 49 vs. Cal Poly - 2

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