ESPN's College GameDay is heading to one of its favorite locations—Eugene, Oregon—for next week's game between the Oregon Ducks and the Michigan State Spartans.
The show's official Twitter account broke the news:
That GameDay will be in Eugene next week should come as a shock to no one. Oregon and Michigan State are both consensus Top 10 teams, and they're both among the five most popular expert picks to make the College Football Playoff. Even with USC at Stanford on the table, how could this not have been the Week 2 location?
Outside of its major CFP implications, Michigan State at Oregon is appealing for its contrast in styles. It's hard to find a more perfect collision between "unstoppable force" and "immovable object."
Can Pat Narduzzi's big, strong, angry defense replicate what Stanford has done the past few seasons and stymie the Oregon attack? Or will Marcus Mariota and the speed of those around him "Win the Day?"
The Ducks and Spartans are both coming off easy Week 1 wins over FCS opponents: Oregon's a 62-13 triumph over South Dakota, Michigan State's a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. Neither team had to play its starters long into the second half.
In theory, that should mean both squads are healthy and rested. However, Oregon is still breaking in Jake Fisher at left tackle after Tyler Johnstone tore his ACL in spring camp, and the Spartans are not the ideal opponent for a jumbled offensive line.
Can Fisher hold up on the left after playing so long on the right? Can Andre Yruretagoyena hold up in Fisher's old spot?
"Andre has come along," said offensive coordinator Scott Frost, per Chantel Jennings of ESPN.com. "I think he was really raw when he got here. He has grown up a lot."
He'll need to play like he's grown up Saturday when Shilique Calhoun, Marcus Rush, Demetrius Cooper, Lawrence Thomas, Malik McDowell and the rest of Michigan State's defensive line come bearing down on him.
As has been the case against Stanford the past few seasons, Oregon's ability to win—or at least mitigate how much it loses by—in the trenches should be what ultimately decides the outcome.
Either way, this will be the sixth consecutive season that GameDay has packed up for Eugene. It's the first non-Pac-12 game in that stretch.
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