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Can Mariota keep up his flawless play?
Poll Points: 72 (8)
Season Stats: 64.0 CMP%, 2,281 YDS, 20 TDs, 0 INT, 178.5 RAT, 56 CAR, 511 YDS, 9 TDs
The Ducks have been one of the most explosive offenses in all of college football this season. The team is averaging 55.6 points and 632.1 yards per game.
However, none of that would be possible without the play of quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Whether it’s through the air or on the ground, the sophomore has proved almost impossible to stop. He’s thrown for over 350 yards in certain games while rushing for over 100 in others.
It’s that kind of dual-threat ability that has Mariota considered as one of college football’s elite quarterbacks.
With so many weapons, Oregon has rarely been tested this year.
But against Washington on Oct. 12—a game many thought would give the Ducks issues—Mariota stepped up to the plate in a big way. He threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-31 passing while rushing for another 88 yards and a score on the ground.
Mariota displayed both of his key attributes and proved critics wrong who doubted his accuracy through the air.
Other than Stanford this weekend, Oregon and Mariota may not face too much of a challenge the rest of the way. It should be expected that he will continue to keep lighting up the scoreboard.
It will ultimately come down to whether voters believe Mariota or Jameis Winston is more deserving.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com
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