September 6th at last is upon us. Possibly the biggest non-conference game in program history kicks off this evening, pitting our 7th ranked Spartans against the 3rd ranked Oregon Ducks. There is the narrative of the Spartans carrying the torch for the B1G (again). There is the jockeying for position, in the inaugural season of the four team playoff. My fellow writers have done a great job all week at getting you hyped so let's get to the details of Saturday's match-up shall we.
#7 Michigan State Spartans @ #3 Oregon Ducks
Game Time: 6:30 PM EST
Location: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
Radio: Spartan Sports Network
Online Streaming: Fox SportsGO (TV Provider Required)
SB Nation Oregon Site: Addicted To Quack
Line: Oregon -12.5
Let me load you up on all the links you need to get your football mind prepared for this game. Pete took a look at Oregon's 2013 season and who returns to the Ducks this year. The amazing Bill Connelly previews the 4 biggest battlesin this game. Since you probably read those stories already at the office with knots in your stopmach, lets get to the fun trivia to help you relax a little before kick-off.
Oregon Famous Alumni: OK so this is much easier to find than Jacksonville State was last week. But, instead of going with the obvious like Phil Knight, I wanted to find someone more interesting that isn't as widely known. I mean there were contenders such as Tim Boyle, the CEO of Columbia Sportswear (do they learn athletic wear 101 at Oregon?), Mickey Loomis the GM of the New Orleans Saints and Neil Everett of Sportscenter fame. I decided that since this game could be a knock down, bare knuckle brawl why not choose Chuck Palahniuk? Who is Chuck Palahniuk you ask? Well Chuck is the author of Fight Club, which of course later become a movie that I watched relentlessly in college starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. While researching Palahniuk I was excited to see that in 2013, he announced plans for writing a sequel to the novel.
"Francisco That's Fun To Say": Winner of this esteemed category, that I started last week based on a line said in the hit family film "Elf", is... Tui Talia! The defensive lineman in his first season at Oregon, after spending the past two seasons with Diablo Valley College, was a top 15 JUCO transfer. Talia did not appear on the scoresheet in the Ducks' rout over South Dakota last week.
Interesting University of Oregon Fact: The 1978 film Animal House was filmed on location at the University of Oregon.
It's here guys, let's bask in the national spotlight and hopefully I'll see you all in the celebration thread.