Found November 07, 2013 on Players View:
Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) heads to the end zone for a touchdown run in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Tonight in Palo Alto the Heisman Trophy winner will be decided. There is also a rather large college football game going on between two of the best teams in the Pac-12, the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks, who both also happen to be top 5 teams in the country. Last season the Cardinal shocked the world and used defense, odd term these days in college or pro football, to pull off a big upset on the road against the Ducks. The Cardinal also ended Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s chance at the Heisman. So often in recent years the Ducks’ offense has put up video game like scores and stats by their star players. The problem is when they play tough defenses. One of those defenses was the Cardinal defense last season, which many compared to a NFL style defense, one who shut Mariota and the Duck’s offense down. The loss by the Ducks also cost Mariota the hardware in December as the best player in the country. This season he will get his chance at revenge, in both the game and getting the Heisman Not many, if any, player would go on record saying that they want to win an individual award but it would be foolish for anyone to think Mariota does not know his chance to win the Heisman comes down to this game again this season. With a defense that is still one of the best in CFB, Mariota will put his 2,281 yards passing and 20 touchdowns show on prime time for the entire nation to see. Just like last season the Ducks and Mariota will be playing the Cardinal in a prime time match-up, this season it is even bigger for him because it will be the only game on a day where most teams go out to get the recognition they need, well this time it will be Mariota who will use ESPN’s Thursday Night Football to showcase not only his impressive arm but also his fantastic ability to run the ball; this season he has 587 yards rushing and nine TD’s. Mariota is a beast and no one will ever deny that, but another thing many will have a hard time denying is there is an East Coast bias in college football. Not many fans or voters for either the polls or the Heisman get a chance to see this team or their amazing quarterback showcase his talent. Mariota only has completed 64.0 percent of his passes this season, but the most impressive part of his game is that he has not thrown an interception. The last time he was picked off was during last season’s meeting with the Cardinal. What is even more mind-boggling is how fast the Ducks offense attacks the opposing defense and how often the ball is in the air, let it be short bubble screen or long passes; Mariota has not had an interception since last season’s game against the Cardinal. Most fans have heard Mariota’s name and they will see and hear about his stats on College GameDay or other shows about college football, but very few get to see him live, and it would be hard to imagine that this big showdown just happened to be on a day when the Ducks would be on all alone for everyone to see, making this game that much more important for the team and for Mariota. One person who knows Mariota all too well is Cardinal head coach David Shaw who had only compliments about Mariota, “I thought last year he was the best quarterback in the nation, and I feel the same way this year,” Shaw said. “I don’t care about stats. Stats don’t mean anything. You watch the film, you see a kid that makes every throw. Every throw is accurate, 20 touchdowns and no interceptions? Every ball is perfect, every ball is in stride, every ball there’s no wobble on it. Everything’s pretty.” Shaw’s only complaint may be that he could not find anyone to run as the scout team quarterback who could even get close to running the show like Mariota does for the Ducks. There is no “I” in team and Mariota absolutely would want a National Championship over a Heisman, but there is no saying he can’t have both. The game tonight will decide a lot. The biggest debate that will end tonight,  if Mariota plays as he has this season, will be who is holding the Heisman hardware come December. There has been much talk of this duel-threat, all-everything quarterback out of Hawaii, yet until tonight many will have not seen him live. Well tonight when he and the Ducks’ dominate the Cardinal, his name will all but be etched on the Heisman and baring an upset it will also put the Ducks into the National Championship game. Just in case anyone did forget, there is more than garbage NFL football on Thursday. Take the time to watch the soon to be Heisman winner and one of the teams who will be in the championship game, unless you enjoy watching paint dry. I am going to throw a triple prediction on this game: Oregon will crush an overrated Cardinal team led by a fullback disguised as a quarterback, who will be smothered by the much underrated Ducks’ defense. My other two predictions are simple – Mariota will seal the Heisman with a huge game and the Ducks’ fly back over the Florida State Seminoles, putting them back on a one way track to playing Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.   The post Tonight Will Be the Game Marcus Mariota Wins the Heisman appeared first on Players View.

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