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Linking Laconically is preparing for adversity

Duane Burleson

The serious previews for Saturday's big game are rolling in, with SB Nation rolling out all the stops today. We have Pete's preview here, a look at the four most anticipated battles here and a retrospective on the Michigan State-Oregon series here.

A lot of the talk leading up to Saturday has been about how MSU handles adversity, which is something the Spartans will undoubtedly have to deal with. There's the heat -- although, the Ducks aren't entirely used to that either -- the travel, the noise at Autzen, and oh yeah, Marcus Mariota and one of the best offenses in the country. Win or lose, Saturday will certainly be a learning experience.

Speaking of adversity and distractions...

A Place to Call Home | SB Nation |

There's a lot to this story, including the report of benefits to a former Duck.

Q&A: Dantonio talks Spartans-Ducks, Connor Cook, Marcus Mariota | Fox Sports |

"But I’m not worried about our players being intimidated, if that’s what you’re asking."

Tako Tuesdays Can't Find the Hate | Addicted to Quack |

You're not alone, Tako.

Trucking the Duck: Oregon's offense keeps things simple and executes | Detroit Free Press |

"Explosion plays" scare me.

The Oregon-Michigan State Game May Kickoff The National Championship Playoff Controversy | Forbes |

It's better than the BCS, but the playoff is still about to create some serious controversy.

Spartan head raked into an Oregon field gets Mark Hollis' attention | Detroit Free Press |

I had no idea what this was about based on the headline.

Recruiting: Michigan State offers scholarships to two QBs | Detroit Free Press |

Still on that recruiting grind.

The College Football Powerhouse That Just Can't Get No Respect | Bleacher Report |

@KegsnEggs, er, I mean Adam Kramer is a gentleman and a scholar.