Oregon vs. Michigan State Line, Spread Picks & Score Prediction 2014
The Michigan State Spartans spent the end of last season clamoring that they should have had their shot to play against the Florida State Seminoles for the National Championship. They could make it to the college football playoff this year by running the table, but their biggest hurdle is going to come early in the season in Week 2 when they have to travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks, who are also favorites to win it all this year.
MICHIGAN STATE – OREGON WEEK 2 BETTING LINE 2014:
1. Why OREGON will cover the spread: The Ducks will cover the spread if they play like the Ducks we have come to know and love. They can run up and down the field with ease, and games like this are what QB Marcus Mariota came back to school for. Mariota though, didn’t end last season on a high note.
Remember that Oregon finished out the regular season going 2-2 SU and 0-4 ATS in its last four games, and when the Ducks ran into the strong defenses of Texas and Stanford, the team scored just a total of 50 points in the two games combined. The offense can do better than that, but will it? That’s the difference between a cover and what could be an outright upset.
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2. Why MICHIGAN STATE will cover the spread: Thirteen starters are back from last season’s team which won the Rose Bowl over Stanford, and these men are hungry to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke whatsoever. QB Connor Cook has now been here and done this, and he is going to be counted upon to play a fantastic game against an Oregon team which will surely score some points.
Remember that Cook is 13-1 as a starter in his career. LB Taiwan Jones and DE Shilique Calhoun legitimately could be leading one of the best five defenses in America, and this could be the toughest task that Oregon’s offense has to face all season long.
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3. Total Talk: The Ducks traditionally have totals in the 60s or higher, and in fact, this is going to be the lowest ‘total’ in an Oregon game in three full years. Michigan State has pushed three straight games past the ‘total’ dating back to last year, and it has proven time and time again that it could end up doing just enough offensively to push games past the number.
4. Betting Trends MSU/OREGON: The Spartans are out to prove that they belong, and they did go 2-0 SU and ATS last year against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the country. However, both of those games came in neutral venues. The Ducks have had a great history going against power conference teams outside of the Pac-12. They’re a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS dating back to the 2012 Rose Bowl when they beat the Wisconsin Badgers 45-38, but this is as tough of a test as they will face early in a season since getting beaten by the LSU Tigers to start off that 2011 campaign.
Michigan State 28 – Oregon 26