Week 2 in the Pac-12 teams will be looking to bounce back from some disappointing losses from last week. And there will be some major significance in the College Football Playoffs implications for the confidence of either Oregon or Michigan State. The hype leading up to this match-up stems from the comeback game from last season. East Lansing hasn’t hosted a top 10 match-up like this since the 10-10 tie game of #1 Notre Dame came in to town to face then #2 Michigan State in 1966.
This may be Vernon Adams Jr’s first taste of an intense big game with huge ramifications. He will have to play smart and efficient as only he can while leaning on his playmakers to do the job that they are capable of, because Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook still has a bad taste in his mouth for letting the game in Autzen Stadium last year get away.
This year the game is in East Lansing under the big lights, and this time the Spartans are the all-around better team with an experienced quarterback. If the Ducks are going to pull out a win Royce Freeman will have to have a big game and take some of the pressure off of Vernon Adams to make all the plays; and the young secondary will have to lock up Michigan State receivers to throw off Connor Cook’s timing.
For Michigan State it’s pretty simple, if Connor Cook plays to his potential and focused, and the defense can keep Freeman in caroled in the box then they can pull the win.
Arizona State and Stanford look to take out the frustrations after last week’s losses on their opponents Cal Poly and UCF respectively. Both defenses were not up to their usual standards last week. Todd Graham’s team will have to make better plays and force more turnovers; something they lived off of a season ago. And for Stanford they will have to tackle and be dominant up front against the run.
The Jim Harbaugh era didn’t fare so well in his opening game against Utah losing 24-17, but now that Michigan is back in the “Big House” in Ann Arbor the former Michigan quarterback will like his first win to be in front of home crowd when they go up against another Pac-12 opponent Oregon State.
Michigan Quarterback Jake Ruddock didn’t have a bad game against Utah just too many interceptions and not enough touchdowns passes. Hoping to bounce back against a Oregon State defense that was at the bottom of the conference last season but under new Head Coach Gary Anderson, who came from Wisconsin will not make it easy. In his debut in Corvallis didn’t disappoint with a win even though it was against Weber State.
Oregon State freshman quarterback Seth Collins made his impact on the college stage on the ground rushing for 152 yards and in the air with 2 touchdown passes. Storm Woods will have to help out even they plan on disrupting the Wolverines and Jim Harbaugh’s homecoming.