The Oregon Ducks sit at 5-0 (2-0 in the Pac-12) after Saturday night's 51-26 over the Washington State Cougars. The record is ideal for a team hoping to reach its second BCS national championship in the past three years, but several issues remain as to whether this team is capable of reaching their ultimate goal.
Before the season began, many wondered whether Marcus Mariota was the real deal, and if the defense was deserving of preseason hype. Both questions have been answered in a resounding way, as Mariota has tossed 11 touchdowns to just four interceptions, and the defense entered Saturday having pitched a shutout against the high-powered Arizona Wildcats last week.
But, championship-caliber teams don't lead teams like Washington State by four points at halftime. While the final score looked a lot like what fans were expecting, the Ducks showed they still have a lot of work to do if they want to end the season in Miami on Jan. 7th.
Here are some of the main concerns facing the Ducks as the calendar turns to October.