Michigan State Football: 5 bold predictions for the month of September

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Sep 6, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Tony Washington (91) rushes as Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) throws the ball at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

4. MSU beats Oregon by double-digits

Michigan State trotted into the tunnel at halftime with a 24-18 lead at Autzen Stadium against Oregon and everything seemed to be looking good.

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Starting the season with a blowout victory and confidence-booster the game before, the Spartans looked to be a serious College Football Playoff contender. Michigan State looked unfazed by the boisterous home crowd in Eugene and then the second half began.

It got ugly.

After notching the first points on a 42-yard Michael Geiger field goal just 2:38 into the third quarter, the Spartans took a 27-18 lead before the Ducks put everything together. Four touchdowns and 28 unanswered points later, the Spartans were flying back home with a 46-27 road loss under their belts with a ton to prove.

This season will be much different.

Marcus Mariota ran all over the Spartan defense, recording over 350 total yards, but Vernon Adams isn’t nearly as experienced as the reigning Heisman winner who’s now in the NFL.

The Spartans will get their revenge on the Ducks on Sept. 12, putting together a complete game and winning by double-digits. Connor Cook will have another strong showing against a mediocre Oregon defense while the ‘No Fly Zone’ will make a strong comeback.

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