Michigan State football is heading to the Bay Area for New Year's Eve.
The Spartans will face Oregon in the Redbox Bowl at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game will be televised on Fox.
It is the 11th postseason appearance in coach Mark Dantonio's 12 seasons with the Spartans. He is the school's top coach with five bowl victories and ranks second all-time with 107 wins, two shy of tying Duffy Daugherty's record of 109.
MSU — with one of the nation's top defenses and worst offenses — went 7-5 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten play this season, finishing fourth in the East Division. The Spartans defeated Washington State, 42-17, in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28, 2017 in San Diego, which means it will be their second consecutive bowl game in California and third trip there for a postseason game since the Rose Bowl after the 2013 season.
The Ducks are 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12 North, finishing fourth in the division. Quarterback Justin Herbert has 2,985 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. The 6-foot-6, 233-pound junior is considered the third-best QB prospect for the 2019 NFL draft, should he enter early.
MSU and Oregon have played twice recently. The Ducks won the 2014 meeting in Eugene, Oregon, 46-27. The Spartans won the next year in East Lansing, 31-28. The all-time series is 3-3.
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