Michigan State vs Oregon: 5 reasons the Spartans will win

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Sep 4, 2015; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos quarterback Zach Terrell (11) is sacked by Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) during the 2nd half of a game at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

3. Play in the trenches

On both sides of the ball, Michigan State will have the advantage in the trenches. That may seem like a bit of a stretch, but the Spartans have arguably the best offensive and defense lines in the nation and many opponents will be fearing MSU this season.

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Shilique Calhoun and Malik McDowell will both have big days for the Spartans, finishing with a combined four sacks. Don’t count out Joel Heath and Lawrence Thomas, either as both of those guys are some of the most physically-imposing defensive linemen in the nation.

It’s easy to see how Calhoun is one of the top defenders in the Big Ten as he uses his pure strength and athleticism to make quick moves on offensive linemen. It’s scary to think that the line will just be reloading on both sides of the ball next season.

As for the offensive line, Jack Conklin and Jack Allen are the leaders on that side of the ball and Conklin happens to be a first-round talent.

Watch the offensive line open up some big holes for the running backs as the run game will be completely dependent on the success of the big guys up front.

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