Found November 06, 2013 on Cascadia Sports:
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The ferocious cries filling Stanford Stadium Thursday night will be the background music to what will likely be Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s biggest game of his career. The unbeaten Ducks must head into Cardinal territory for a game set to determine Oregon’s National title hopes, and ultimately decide Mariota’s Heisman chances.   The Hawaii native exploded into the college football world just a year ago, when he became the first freshman in 22 years to start for Oregon. Mariota led Oregon to a 12-1 record and earned PAC-12 All-Conference First Team, PAC-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, and won the Fiesta Bowl MVP as he led Oregon to a 35-17 victory. He finished with 38 total touchdowns and just 6 interceptions; all amazing statistics, bar his sole loss as a college player. Sitting at 10-0, then #2 Oregon let #13 Stanford come to Eugene and upset them 17-14. Stanford became the only team in the past 34 contests to hold Oregon to less than 34 points. Now Oregon is making their way to Stanford with an even more electrifying offense (averaging 55.6 points per game), and a better defense than last year’s team. Stanford is injured on defense, but still sit in the top 20 giving up 19.4 points per game. Marcus Mariota will be playing the toughest group he’s faced all year. A 20-0 touchdown/interception ratio is video game-esque, and the 9.1 yards per carry with 9 touchdowns is just superhuman. This could be the game that determines whether Mariota is the best college quarterback in the country, and will be the game every voter looks at when they choose their Heisman winner at season’s end. There’s only one guarantee for this top-10 matchup: it will not disappoint.
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