Mariota (left) has yet to trip up this season.
Poll Points: 73 (9)
Season Stats: 62.4 CMP%, 2,051 YDs, 19 TDs, 0 INT, 181.7 RAT, 49 CAR, 493 YDs, 9 TDs
Week 9 Matchup: vs. No. 12 UCLA (5-1), Oct. 26, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
With the Ducks about to embark on their toughest stretch of the schedule, quarterback Marcus Mariota will be under even more scrutiny.
Thus far, the sophomore has answered all the critics. That includes recent quality performances against Washington and Washington State over the last two weeks—848 TOT YDs, 7 TDs.
More impressively, Mariota has recorded at least one score both through the air and on the ground in each of Oregon’s seven games.
The team’s most difficult test of the season is ahead, with the Bruins coming into Eugene to visit.
Through six games, the defense ranks No. 34 against the pass (210.2 YPG). Furthermore, the unit has conceded just seven touchdowns through the air and has forced opposing quarterbacks into nine interceptions.
Could this be the first lousy performance of Mariota’s season?
He’ll do just OK.
UCLA should put up a fight early, forcing Mariota into some tough throws. Maybe he’ll even toss his first interception of the year.
However, without starting running back Jordon James, the Bruins can only hang around for so long. By halftime the Ducks should be able to gain control of the game.
It’ll be enough for Mariota to regain some respectable numbers.
Stock Movement: Same
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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