Michigan State Football: Game by game predictions for 2015 season

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Sep 6, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Josiah Price (82) reaches for the ball against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

This is the game that everyone and their brother has been talking about. Not only are the Spartans hosting a fellow top-10 team under the lights at Spartan Stadium, but also, dozens of elite recruits will be in attendance, making this one of the most important contests in recent MSU history.

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Oregon is always known for having one of the best offenses in college football and that will reign true in this one as the Spartan secondary will be tested early. The quarterback competition between Jeff Lockie and Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams is still unsettled, but both are great passers.

Expect Oregon to put up solid numbers in the passing game while Michigan State handles sophomore running back Royce Freeman just like they did Ameer Abdullah a season ago.

The good news about playing Oregon for Michigan State is that the Spartans have a much better defense, overall, than the Ducks. Last season, Oregon struggled mightily on that side of the ball, ranking in the bottom half of the nation in most defensive categories.

Connor Cook will air it out to his receivers, and tight ends in the red zone, while Madre London puts up big numbers in his first real contest of the season. This is where we might see freshman back L.J. Scott come into the mix as well.

Prediction: Oregon 31, Michigan State 41 (2-0)

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