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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.