Staff picks: Michigan State football vs Oregon

michigan state footballMichigan State dominated Jacksonville State 45-7 in it’s season opener last weekend and not surprisingly, our entire staff correctly predicted the Spartans would come out on top.

This week will be much more interesting as the Spartans travel to Eugene for it’s long-awaited match up with the third-ranked Oregon Ducks. The game will take place at 6:30 p.m. EST tomorrow and will be televised on FOX.

Max Lapthorne
2014 prediction record: 1-0

The story of this game will be Michigan State’s surprising inability to run the ball against the Oregon defensive front. Langford will come out at less than 100 percent, not allowing MSU to sustain long drives which will give Marcus Mariota and the Ducks offense too many possessions. Connor Cook will fight valiantly to keep the Spartans in the game, connecting with R.J. Shelton and A.J. Troup for touchdowns, but it just won’t be enough as the MSU defense surrenders 30+ points for the first time in over two and a half years.

Oregon 35, Michigan State 24

Matt Hoeppner
2014 prediction record: 1-0

The winning streak comes to an end in Eugene. The Spartans put up a valiant fight but ultimately come up short. Marcus Mariota and company prove too much for the revamped MSU defense and manufacture a last minute scoring drive to win the game. Michigan State can walk away with their heads held high and the close loss should do nothing to hurt the Spartans playoff hopes.

Oregon 38, Michigan State 35

Ryan Squanda
2014 prediction record: 1-0

In one of the more intriguing games of the non-conference part of the season, Michigan State and Oregon provide a match up of the best of the bests. On one end you have Oregon’s blisteringly fast offensive attack and on the other end there’s Michigan State and their tough-nosed defense.

All eyes will likely be on Eugene, Oregon Saturday night for a game that I see ending in thrilling fashion. In the end, though, the Ducks will be just a tad too fast for the Michigan State defense and will eventually come out on top, winning both the battle of who can wear the fancier Nike jersey, as well as the game.

Oregon 28, Michigan State 24

David Harns
2014 prediction record: 1-0

I’ve been considering this prediction since 8:30 p.m. Friday night, when it was obvious that MSU hadn’t missed a beat since the Rose Bowl. At first, I thought the Ducks would be too much at home and was leaning towards a 35-31 Oregon victory. But then I realized that MSU’s coaching staff is worth at least a touchdown in a scenario like this. I think the Spartans will have a solid game plan and will out-execute the Ducks. MSU will trail at halftime, 21-14, but will come back to win on a last-minute field goal.

Michigan State 38, Oregon 35

Erik Sargent
2014 prediction record: 1-0

Michigan State finally proves to the country that it’s here to stay and defeats a national power on the road. MSU will use it’s physical nature to bully Oregon in the trenches, which will slow the Duck’s firepower.

Lawrence Thomas has the 5-star game we’ve all been waiting for, living in the backfield and disrupting Mariota and the Duck’s backfield timing. While Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota still has a big game passing, it’s not enough as Connor Cook and the gang string together multiple long scoring drives. Michigan State will kick a field goal late to seal the game.

Michigan State 34, Oregon 31

Jameson Draper
2014 prediction record: 1-0

MSU’s defense, despite its incredible dominance, simply won’t be able to stop the Oregon offense completely. They can slow it down, however, and with a good performance for the offensive line (hopefully Travis Jackson plays) and Connor Cook, the Spartans could pull off a huge win in Eugene.

Michigan State 35, Oregon 31

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