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Mariota is faced with his toughest challenge of the season this weekend.
Poll Points: 74 (10)
Season Stats: 64.0 CMP%, 2,281 YDs, 20 TDs, 0 INT, 178.5 RAT, 56 CAR, 511 YDs, 9 TDs
Week 11 Matchup: No. 3 Oregon (8-0) at No. 5 Stanford (7-1), Nov. 7, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Quarterback Marcus Mariota got a week off to prepare for the Ducks’ toughest test of the season.
The sophomore didn’t head into the bye week on the highest note. He threw for 230 yards and one touchdown on 21-of-28 passing while rushing for a season-low 18 yards on seven carries.
You can bet the Cardinal defense took note.
Entering Week 11, the unit ranks No. 19 in scoring (19.4 PPG), No. 24 in total defense (354.0 YPG), No. 11 against the run (103.9 YPG) and No. 95 against the pass (250.1 YPG). Furthermore, Stanford has given up just 13 passing touchdowns and five on the ground.
If you recall, Mariota registered his lowest quarterback rating of his career (107.3) against the Cardinal last season.
Can he redeem himself this time around?
Mariota struggles big time.
Although Stanford’s secondary has seemed vulnerable earlier in the season, the unit has buckled down as of late. Most recently, the Cardinal shutdown Oregon State’s heralded quarterback Sean Mannion in a 20-12 win, limiting him to just 271 yards and one touchdown.
Don’t expect Mariota to fare any better.
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All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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