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Season opener? Check. Now No. 3 Oregon turns its attention to No. 8 Michigan State

  • Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Jacksonville State, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 45-7. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Jacksonville State, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 45-7. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan State quarterback Damion Terry scrambles against Jacksonville State during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 45-7. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Michigan State quarterback Damion Terry scrambles against Jacksonville State during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 45-7. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan State cornerback Nick Tompkins (32) celebrates his interception against Jacksonville State with cornerback Justin Williams (21) and safety RJ Williamson (26) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in East Lansing, Mich., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Michigan State cornerback Nick Tompkins (32) celebrates his interception against Jacksonville State with cornerback Justin Williams (21) and safety RJ Williamson (26) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in East Lansing, Mich., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Oregon easily got past South Dakota to open the season.

Now the real challenge comes: Michigan State.

The No 3 Ducks host the No. 8 Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon beat the Missouri Valley's Coyotes on Saturday night. The defending Big Ten-champion Spartans similarly dispatched visiting Jacksonville State 45-7 in their opener on Friday night.

Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the opener before sitting down at halftime. He completed 14 or 20 passes for 267 yards, and also had six carries for 43 yards.

Spartans junior quarterback Connor Cook completed his first nine passes against Jacksonville State, but suffered a vicious late hit after his second — a 64-yard scoring pass to Tony Lippett. Cook shook off the injury to complete 12 of 13 passes for 285 yards and three scores. He also rested the second half.