Sports Illustrated Ranks Michigan State At Oregon As Most Anticipated Game
By: Evan Jankens
The battle of greens will take place on September 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. Michigan State is headed to Eugene, Oregon, to take on the Oregon Ducks as part of a series.
Sports Illustrated posted an article with the 10 most anticipated non-conference games in college football this season and Michigan State and Oregon topped the list:
The only thing better than an intersectional game between preseason top-10 teams is a contrast of polar opposite styles. Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Ducks’ blur offense will face off with coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s perennially stingy defense, which ranked No. 1 nationally following last season’s Rose Bowl triumph. Meanwhile, underrated Spartans quarterback Connor Cook could provide a nice litmus test for an Oregon defense that loses longtime coordinator Nick Aliotti but returns All-America cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olumu.
It’s classic match-up of offense vs. defense — and of course — to a Nike lover like myself, the battle of the uniforms. Most likely, Orgeon will shine in that department but MSU could give them a run for their money.