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MSU vs. Ohio State, Oregon ranked as must-see games

The Detroit News

Two Michigan State games are featured in the top 10 of NFL.com'sTop 100 games of the 2015 season, including the Spartans' rematch with the reigning national champion Ohio State Buckeyes on Nov. 21 in Columbus.

The Big Ten tussle ranks No. 2 on the list while the Spartans' Sept. 12 non-conference rematch with the Oregon Ducks comes in at No. 4.

Michigan's opener at Utah Sept. 3 is listed at No. 11 as a must-see game with Jim Harbaugh's debut coupled with a matchup against Utes running back Devontae Booker as key selling points.

Last season, OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett engineered a comeback to stun MSU, 49-37, at Spartan Stadium.

Of MSU's visit to the Horseshoe this time, NFL.com writes, "The week before they play Michigan, the Buckeyes face arguably their toughest opponent. A ton of talent will be on the field. A big-time individual matchup we're already clamoring for: Ohio State OT Taylor Decker vs. Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun. And there likely will be Heisman statements to be made by Michigan State QB Connor Cook, Ohio State TB Ezekiel Elliott and whomever is playing quarterback for the Buckeyes."

Revenge will also be a factor in the MSU-Oregon nationally-televised game at Spartan Stadium. Last season, the Marcus Mariota-led Ducks thrashed the Spartans 46-27 in Eugene.

NFL.com says, "The Ducks used an early-season win at home over the Spartans as a springboard to a playoff appearance last season. This season, the Spartans will look to return the favor. Cook and Oregon RB Royce Freeman can use this as a Heisman statement game."