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Oregon Football

Prediction Time: Michigan State

December 30, 2018

It’s Monday and Mario Cristobal is still Oregon’s head coach. Which means the Ducks are headed to Levi’s stadium for the Redbox bowl. 

Oregon will take Michigan State on at noon (PST) searching for its 9th win.

While Sunday was eventful, Monday should be a big day with actual football being played.

This will be no easy task for the Ducks. Michigan State is physical and agressive at stopping the run game. The Ducks will have to be creative to get yards and points in this one. 

With the Miami-Cristobal news behind us, here are our predictions for the big game.


Hopefully Sunday didn’t prove to be a big distraction for the Oregon team. Luckily it was pretty short-lived. But I do continue to have concerns about Oregon on the road. They have struggled away from Autzen stadium but this could be a little different. Oregon has spent the last five days in the Bay area getting acclimated for this game. 

I don’t feel great about this one but I feel better about it knowing Mario Cristobal will be back next season. Ducks win a close and somewhat ugly one in Santa Clara.

Oregon 28, Michigan State 17

Jonathan Charles

Oregon's record against Michigan State is 1-1, in the last decade. With all the momentum the staff has created on the recruiting trail they need a little boost to help close out on this class strong, with many players deciding in the February signing period. The whole team is participating in the matchup which is a good thing for the staff, because Michigan state has lost some players, with some deciding to not play, to prepare for the NFL draft. This game is going to be won in the trenches, it sounds cliche, but this game will come down to who owns the trenches, because Michigan State's defense is stout. However, with Penei Sewell coming back it allows the staff to relax a little with a known commodity coming back. With that being said it allows Justin Herbert time in the pocket to pick apart the secondary and help lead the team to a victory.

Oregon 38, Michigan State 31

Allan Johnstone

Oregon has gotten a lot of good news in the last week in regards to seniors deciding to return for their senior seasons starting with Justin Herbert. I think this energy gives Oregon an edge and they are able to really roll on offense especially Herbert x Mitchell. Michigan State will be missing part of their starting secondary so hopefully the Ducks can exploit that. Michigan State’s offense just has not had a good season this year and I don’t think they will be able to keep up in this game. 

Oregon 31, Michigan State 17

Steve Collier

Other than a bad loss in the Spartans' only appearance in the College Football Playoff,  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has a great record in bowl games. In 2018, he has one of his best defenses ever. Will it be enough to deliver him a victory in Monday's Redbox Bowl?

Don't bet on it.

This is the perfect time for Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo to dispel his doubters. He must come up with some wrinkles to deliver the 25-plus points Oregon will need to beat the offensively challenged Spartans.

I think he does it.

Ducks 28, Spartans 17

Chris McCulley

Ducks 35, Spartans 17

Prop Bets

Oregon -3.5

Over/Under 48.5

Justin Herbert O/U Passing Yards 270.5

Justin Herbert Total TD O/U 2.5

CJ Verdell & Travis Dye Combine O/U 179.5 Rushing Yards

Dillon Mitchell Receiving Yards O/U 115.5

Troy Dye Tackle Total O/U 11.5


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