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 | sbnation.com
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 | foxsports.com
"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 | addictedtoquack.com
You're not alone, Tako.
Trucking the Duck: Oregon's offense keeps things simple and executes | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
"Explosion plays" scare me.
The Oregon-Michigan State Game May Kickoff The National Championship Playoff Controversy | Forbes | forbes.com
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 | freep.com
I had no idea what this was about based on the headline.
Recruiting: Michigan State offers scholarships to two QBs | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Still on that recruiting grind.
The College Football Powerhouse That Just Can't Get No Respect | Bleacher Report | bleacherreport.com
@KegsnEggs, er, I mean Adam Kramer is a gentleman and a scholar.