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A measuring stick game for MSU, Big Ten, in Oregon

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 4, 2014 at 2:06 am •  Published: September 4, 2014

Some things to watch in the Big Ten during Week 2 of the season:

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon, Saturday. The Spartans are coming off a Rose Bowl victory, but in some ways a win in raucous Autzen Stadium in Week 2 of this season may grab even more attention. The high-flying Ducks have speed for days and will test the Spartans' stingy defense like no other opponent they face this season. Last year, Michigan state was second in the nation in total defense and third in scoring defense. Oregon was second in total offense and fourth in scoring offense.

BEST MATCHUP: Michigan at Notre Dame, one more time. Two of college football's winningest programs will end their long-running series after this meeting, with no renewal in sight. The Wolverines and Fighting Irish will play for the 42nd time, but Notre Dame's new scheduling agreement with the ACC prompted it to ask out of the series. Michigan might be unranked and Notre Dame at No. 16, but the history involved will make this game a must-watch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Nebraska racked up 784 yards of offense against Florida Atlantic in the season opener, the most by a Big Ten school in a game since Minnesota had 832 way back in 1905. ... Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon's first 13 carries against LSU went for 139 yards and a touchdown. But he had just three carries for 1 yard over the final 29 minutes of the game as LSU rallied for the win. Gordon later said he had a hip injury. ... In an opening week that included plenty of overmatched opponents, Big Ten schools went 12-2 while averaging 37.5 points and 468.1 yards per game. ... $21 million: Amount of money Land O' Lakes donated this week to help Minnesota's sports facilities project, which includes a new facility for the football program.

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