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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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 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 msuspartans.com —  Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio held a media teleconference Sunday evening to discuss his team's performance in the 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.
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Football mlive.com —  EAST LANSING -- Will Michigan State be without its starting left guard or punt returner during its top 10 showdown against Oregon Saturday? Spartans coach Mark Dantonio isn’t saying. “Can’t tell you a thing about those guys,” Dantonio said Sunday during a conference call with reporters. “Sorry.”
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Football isportsweb.com —  Now that the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (1-0) have taken care of Jacksonville State on Friday night, winning handily, 45-7, it is now appropriate to take a look ahead at one the 2014 college football season’s marquee early season match ups. “This is an opportunity to see where we are at as a program,” MSU head football head coach Mark Dantonio said in a teleconference Sunday night, who’s Spartans are set to take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (1-0) next Saturday in Eugene at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State’s odds in its biggest non-conference game in years are slightly better than they were a few months ago But the Spartans still open the week as two-score underdogs. Oregon is an 11-point favorite in its Saturday matchup against Michigan State, according to Vegasinsider.com. That’s down slightly from the 14-point line sportsbooks had earlier this summer.
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Football mlive.com —  “I think the key to our season is not the second game, it’s the last game,” Dantonio said Saturday on ESPN Radio. “I think as long as we take that approach, don’t get too far ahead of ourselves, don’t make this a make-or-break game, that’s not the way it is.'' Discuss »
Football spartanslant.blogspot.com —  We recap the Jacksonville State game, followed by previewing the Oregon game and talking briefly about the rest of the B1G's week 1 performances and the College Football Playoff.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's battle to keep its place on the national stage with a strong showing at Oregon is less than a week away, so it's time for another notes comparison session with the Ducks' beat writer, Andrew Greif. The Spartans will be leaving for Eugene, Ore., on Thursday -- a day earlier than normal -- to get acclimated. Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week in Eugene, with a forecast high on Saturday of 92 degrees.
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Football mlive.com —  Are the 2014 Spartans better than the 2013 Michigan State football team? It's a bit early to say that, but this year's Michigan State team is certainly ahead of where last year's team was coming out of the gate last season. One thing we do know: This 2014 Michigan State team believes it can be better than last year's group, and confidence is not such a bad thing.
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Football freep.com —  Marcus Mariota threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns then ran for one more before sitting out the second half, leading the third-ranked Oregon Ducks to a 62-13 victory over South Dakota in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.
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