Recapping The Michigan State vs Oregon NCAA Football Odds Game

Posted by Daniel Strum on Thursday,September 17, 2015 7:20, EDT in

>One of the most exciting early-season match ups in the 2015 College Football betting season featured #7 Oregon traveling to face #5 Michigan State. Last year, when the two teams met in Oregon, the Ducks took the victory. This year, though, the Spartans prevailed, as Connor Cook threw for two scores and Michigan State mounted a mighty defensive stand to frustrate the Ducks’ comeback.

Recapping The Michigan State vs Oregon NCAA Football Odds Game

For most of the second half, Michigan State (2-0) had the lead, and they were up 31-21 when Oregon’s transfer quarterback Vernon Adams threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Byron Marshall with just over three minutes remaining. The Ducks held, and the Spartans had to punt. However, Adams threw it over the head of Marshall from the MSU 33. Marshall had beaten his defender and could have scored. Then, Michigan State sacked Adams back to the 43, and his heave on fourth down fell incomplete.

Michigan State running back L.J. Scott had two touchdowns. Aaron Burbridge hauled in eight receptions for a touchdown and 101 yards. The last time two top 10 teams met at Spartan Stadium was 1966, when then-#2 Michigan State hosted #1 Notre Dame, and the teams played to a 10-10 tie (yes, that was before the overtime era).

What Does This Win Mean For The Spartans

The win has vaulted Michigan State into early consideration as a College Football Playoff team, even though the first official rankings don’t come out until early November. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has the Spartans ranked third, hypothetically playing Auburn in the Orange Bowl in the battle between #2 and #3. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has Michigan State ranked #4, hypothetically facing top-ranked Ohio State.

Of course, if that were to happen, that would mean that the Big Ten would have two teams in the playoff, leaving two of the Power 5 conferences out in the cold. It is possible for both Ohio State and Michigan State to get in, even though one would have a loss in the conference championship. Even if Michigan State does not beat Ohio State when they play on November 21 – and if they lose again in the conference championship – if Oregon has a strong season, that early victory would benefit Michigan State.

After defeating Oregon, Michigan State saw its odds for a national title improve on the odds lines as well. They had been around 20-1 to win it all, but now their odds are hovering between 10-1 and 12-1, depending on the day. Some AP poll voters even have Michigan State ranked #1. If Ohio State falters in some of their early season results and the Spartans steamroll through the opposition, it would be interesting to see if they could vault over the Buckeyes in the poll.

There are many voters who see the Buckeyes as the most talented team in college football, but they are by and large the same squad that also fell to West Virginia last year. In college football, there are a lot of promising teams who fall by the wayside each season. It will be interesting to see if Michigan State can make this their year.