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Mariota (right) may finally meet his match against Washington.
Season Stats: 56.7 CMP%, 1,358 YDS, 14 TD, 0 INT, 28 CAR, 338 YDS, 7 TD
Week 7 Opponent: at No. 16 Washington (4-1)
Why He’s Due for a Letdown
Through five games, Marcus Mariota has firmly placed himself in the driver’s seat of the Heisman race thus far. He’s been efficient through the air and downright dominant on the ground.
However, that all comes to an end when the Ducks travel into Seattle to face the Huskies.
Not only will ESPN’s College GameDay be in attendance, but Washington is also coming off as impressive of a performance as a team can have during a losing effort. The Huskies fell to No. 5 Stanford on the road, 31-28.
But the biggest takeaway from that game is that Washington’s defense can play with anybody.
During the game, Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan was held to just 100 yards through the air on 12-of-20 passing, with one touchdown and an interception. He was also held to a season-low 108.5 QB rating.
On the season, the Huskies rank No. 11 in scoring defense (14.8 PPGA), No. 10 in total defense (287.8 YPGA), No. 3 against the pass (146.4 YPGA) and No. 3 in pass defense efficiency (81.7). The unit has also allowed just two passing touchdowns and 8.7 yards per completion—best in nation—while also ranking No. 15 in sacks (15).
For a quarterback that has completed less than 60 percent of his passes in four of five games this season, Mariota will have difficult finding success through the air.
And given Washington’s pass rush, it just might be enough to render the sophomore useless on the ground as well.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com
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