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 Oregon Will Win The Redbox Bowl

Michigan State really, really doesn’t have an offense. Yeah, ha ha, the Michigan State offense isn’t that great … no. At times over the back half of the year, really, there was no offense, scoring a grand total of 26 points in the last three game.

It finished 115th in the nation in rushing, 116th overall, and almost all of the production came in the first half of the season. This is a good, strong Oregon defense that might keep MSU to under 300 yards. The primary culprit has been …

The passing game hasn’t worked. To be fair, starting quarterback Brian Lewerke was having shoulder problems, and Rocky Lombardi was hit-or-miss, but still, this is a restaurant-quality Big Ten team that couldn’t manage 200 passing yards in four of its last six games and threw just one touchdown pass in its last four.

The Oregon secondary and pass defense wasn’t that strong at times, but it doesn’t get beaten deep. Get ready for a whole lot of midrange passing attempts from one of the least-efficient passing games in college football. And, by the way …

The Michigan State running game isn’t a peach, either. At times, the Spartans ran well – rolling over Maryland for a big day – but they managed to go on a stretch of four games in five without a touchdown run, the ground game rolled for over 165 yards just once, and on the year, MSU is 0-4 when not hitting the 100-yard mark. The Oregon run defense has been fantastic, allowing fewer than 100 yards five times.

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