Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. Oregon Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. Oregon Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. Oregon Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Why Michigan State Will Win The Redbox Bowl

This run defense is the absolute truth. No. 1 in the country, it pulled off something special as one of just a few defenses over the last ten years – Alabama did it a few times and throw in a big Northern Illinois season into the mix – that finished the regular season allowing fewer than 1,000 rushing yards.

Penn State ripped off 205 and Michigan came up with 183, and those were the only two teams to get over 120. The Spartans gave up three touchdown runs in the opener to Utah State – and 25 net yards – and allowed a mere five over the other 11 games.

There’s a chance Michigan State holds on to the ball for what seems like forever. This isn’t the high-powered thrill-ride Oregon offense of past seasons that didn’t care a lick about time of possession, but it doesn’t hold on to the ball for long stretches. The Spartans have a way of dragging teams down to their level, slowing things down, and making thing mucky. Expect MSU to have the ball for close to 35 minutes.

It’s Michigan State in a bowl game. Under Mark Dantonio, lately, the Spartans tend to defy all logic and reason when it comes to winning these things. It took a while – Dantonio lost his first four bowl games – and America is still scarred from what Alabama did to MSU in the 38-0 2015 Cotton Bowl, but the program has gone 5-0 in its last five non-College Football Playoff bowl games.

Last year’s team wasn’t all that great, either, and it dropped Washington State like third period French in a 42-17 Holiday Bowl win.

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