Coach: Mark Dantonio
Michigan State Players to watch:
*Junior DE Kenny Willekes (6-4/260)
Willekes, who entered the program as a walk-on linebacker for the 2015 season, has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the nation. He has collected a league-best 20.5 tackles for loss, good for second most in a Spartan single season and seventh most in the FBS in 2018. He also leads the Spartans with 8.5 sacks. The junior has registered a career-high 76 tackles to rank first among all defensive lineman in the nation, including a career-high 13 against Ohio State on Nov. 3. Kenny Willekes Named Big Ten Defensive Lineman Of The Year.
*Junior NT Raequan Williams (6-4/295)
Williams, who has started 28 consecutive games at nose tackle, earned first-team AP All-Big Ten honors. The Chicago, Illinois, product has recorded career bests in tackles (49), tackles for loss (9.5) and pass break-ups (5), while helping anchor the nation’s No. 1 run defense.
*Junior LB Joe Bachie (6-2/238)
Voted a captain by his teammates, Bachie leads the Spartans with 94 tackles. He has 8.5 tackles for loss, five pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
*Junior CB Justin Layne (6-3/185)
Layne ranks tied for first in the Big Ten and tied for eighth in the FBS with 15 pass break-ups. He has also posted career highs in tackles (72) and tackles for loss (2.5) this season.
Coach: Mario Cristobal
Oregon Players to watch:
*Junior LG Shane Lemieux (6-4/315)
Lemieux has not allowed a sack or hit on the QB all season. Fourth-ranked offensive lineman (No. 1 guard) in the Pac-12 and No. 4 guard nationally, according to PFF. Has started 37 straight games. Lemieux has until Jan 14 to decide if he’ll turn pro or return to Oregon for his senior year.
Senior LB Justin Hollins (6-5/240)
Hollins, an AP first-team All-Pac-12 linebacker honoree, has 57 tackles with 12 for loss including five sacks, an interception and fumble return this season.
Senior DE Jalen Jelks (6-6/250)
Jelks was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree by the league’s coaches. He leads all Pac-12 defensive linemen with 54 tackles with 7.5 for loss including 3.5 sacks this season.
Senior S Ugo Amadi (5-9/200)
Amadi has 50 tackles with five for loss including 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble. He also has 16 punt returns for 214 yards and a score.
Oregon 7, Michigan State 6