Michigan State and Oregon are set to face off in the Redbox Bowl Dec. 31 at 3:00 p.m. Can the Spartans end the season on a hight note? See what our writers think about the Spartans’ final game of the season.
Oregon 31, MSU 17
The Spartans defense will keep this close for most of the game, needing the offense to do the minimum just to stay alive. But without the offense putting any real pressure on Oregon, the Ducks will pull away late. The season will end for MSU the way it has gone all year, pretty much a big tease.
MSU 27, Oregon 20
I’ll be optimistic here. I think Brian Lewerke has had plenty of time to heal from his shoulder injury, and LJ Scott will be playing with something to prove. The coaching staff has had ample time to prepare a game plan and I think we’ll finally see a good game from the offense. The defense should keep Oregon’s offense grounded for the most part, but the Ducks have the ability to strike at any time. With that said, Oregon and Justin Herbert did not play as well in the second half of the season as compared to the first. But if MSU’s offense does not come to play, it could get ugly quick.
MSU 23, Oregon 19
Call me crazy but I think healthy players at offensive skill positions will make a big difference. Lewerke has had enough time to get healthier ... and to realize what makes him successful – a good mixture of running and passing. Rather than holding out in the pocket, I expect Lewerke to run the ball more. By the end of the Redbox Bowl, MSU’s defense will have held Oregon out of the end zone often enough – and Brian Lewerke will have gotten the Spartans into the end zone often enough – for MSU to pull out a victory.
Oregon 27, MSU 17
I am not sure what to expect from the Spartans in this game. Will we see a healthy team that looks like the one everyone expected them to be or will we see the same Spartans that struggled to defeat Rutgers? I think the extended time off helped MSU get healthy, but I’m not sure it's enough to beat Oregon. The defense will come to play and keep the Spartans in it, but the offense won’t be able to put up enough points to pull out a win.