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Mariota's stock will take a hit on Saturday.
Season Stats: 56.7 CMP%, 1,358 YDs, 14 TDs, 0 INT, 28 CAR, 338 YDs, 7 TDs
Week 7 Matchup: at No. 16 Washington (4-1), Oct. 12, 4 p.m. ET
This weekend is easily the toughest test Marcus Mariota has faced this season.
Not only will he be going up against a hungry Huskies squad on the road, but ESPN’s College GameDay will also be in attendance. Furthermore, star running back De’Anthony Thomas is still questionable to return, via ESPN.
Did we mention that Washington has one heck of a defense?
Through five games, the unit ranks No. 11 in scoring (14.8 PPGA), No. 10 in total defense (287.8 YPGA), No. 3 against the pass (146.4 YPGA) and No. 3 in pass efficiency defense (81.7 QBR). The Huskies also rank No. 15 in sacks (15) and have seven interceptions on the year.
This is the same defense that held No. 5 Stanford to just 279 total yards and 4-of-14 on third downs.
While there’s no doubt Mariota is a better quarterback than the Cardinal’s Kevin Hogan, the sophomore has struggled with his accuracy.
If Washington manages to get a strong pass rush going, that could mean problems for Mariota.
Mariota struggles through the air, throwing his first pick of the season.
He should still be able to find success on the ground against a Huskies run defense that allows 141.4 rushing yards per game. However, expect the pass rush and coverage by Washington to force Mariota into some bad throws that will eventually cause the Ducks the game.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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