Therefore the question now becomes if MSU can put up points. The always underappreciated Connor Cook was admirable with 15-of-31 completions for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns in his season debut. He should manage to lean on a balanced attack to hurt the Ducks defensively. Don’t take a lot of from the 61-42 end score of the Oregon game against Eastern Washington because all the Eagles’ points came in another half where Oregon was virtually trying to give mercy. Let’s take a look at CFB Week 2 Predictions for this game.
However, I’ve never absolutely loved Oregon’s make of defense (or offense) in these big style games. They love running within the scum of the Pac-12 but in regards to matching up against other elite teams, they never truly pass the test. That’s a tough thing to admit given their ridiculous record over the past five seasons, but that loss to Ohio State should inform you of a lot. These guys just aren’t tuned into playing against beasts from other conferences. They never are.
Everyone is preparing to anoint the Buckeyes while the 2015 champions already, but Michigan State will create a problem for them all season long. MSU also remains a staunchly profitable bet with a 7-2 ATS record inside their last 9 home games and a 4-0 ATS record when playing a team with a profitable record. These guys learn how to step up to a challenge, even though they do not have the talent to get past the likes of Ohio State.
#7 Oregon Ducks (1-0) vs. #5 Michigan State Spartans (1-0)
Saturday, September 12th — Spartan Stadium — 8pm EST
NCAAF Betting Line: MSU -4.0 (67.0)
Oregon is going to be exposed with this national stage and the fallout won’t be pretty.