Michigan State vs Oregon: 5 reasons the Spartans will win

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Sep 4, 2015; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio talks to quarterback Connor Cook (18) during the 2nd half of a game at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

4. Connor Cook

Connor Cook might be the best quarterback in college football and he will be going up against a very vulnerable secondary in this one. Oregon’s pass defense was exploited in a week one win over Eastern Washington and you can bet Cook was excited about the opportunity to take that exploitation one step further in week two after he looked at the stats from the game.

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Week one wasn’t too kind to the Heisman contender as he completed just 15-of-31 passes, unacceptable, for 256 yards and two scores.

As always, Cook protected the ball and stayed away from making terrible decisions in the pocket. If there’s one thing he is known for, it’s staying calm under pressure and performing very well in big games.

The Oregon contest can definitely qualify as a big game seeing as its the first matchup of top-10 teams this season and the winner will be a serious College Football Playoff contender moving forward while the other will be left in the dust looking to pick up the pieces.

Connor Cook will perform well in yet another huge contest and pass for over 300 yards with four touchdowns while protecting the ball. Typical Connor Cook.

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