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Linking Laconically is looking to make a statement

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So last Friday was a lot of fun. Other than a few injuries and one almost season-altering hit, Michigan State put on a show and dominated like you would hope. Now we get to anticipate the biggest non-conference regular season game I can remember the Spartans ever playing. Saturday's game against Oregon is one of those games the entire country looks forward to, and MSU has a chance to make a statement on a national stage.

South Dakota vs. Oregon: An X's and O's Breakdown | Addicted to Quack |

Oregon is very beatable.

Marcus Martiota, Oregon Ducks prepare to face Michigan State Spartans D | ESPN Pac-12 Blog |

Best quarterback this team will see all year, though. Easily.

Michigan State's next foe: Oregon RB Royce Freeman impresses in debut | Detroit Free Press |

Their running backs are decent, too.

A Defense to Match | Appreciating the Stingy Spartans in the Offensive Age | Grantland |

But MSU's defense isn't so bad, if you have

Ducks understand hype for Spartans but won't get unruffled | Detroit News |

A lot of mutual respect for this one.

Inside read: Oregon-MSU takes on added importance; Coker's magic | Sports Illustrated |

Even Jim Delany is excited.

Line Study: Major Showdown in Autzen | CBS Sports |

I've never been a betting man, buuuuuuuut...

One game down, Michigan State's Malik McDowell feels ready now as Oregon awaits | Detroit Free Press |

He better be.

Dowagiac's Andy Staten, 39, suits up for college football team this season | Detroit Free Press |