There was a strong temptation to give Oregon’s sticker to Kenjon Barner – who is clearly the centerpiece of the offense and by far its greatest contributor. But all last week we questioned how Mariota would perform in his first “real” away game. The result was a statistical cycle of a rushing, a passing and a receiving touchdown in a 43-21 win over Arizona State. The uniqueness of that was enough to give him the nod over Barner.
• Joel @FishDuck.com believes we are seeing the rebirth of Oregon players playing multiple positions and he makes a good case in this article.
• Ted Miller mentions Oregon in his "what we learned in the Pac-12" this week.
Oregon passes its road "test": Arizona State was supposed to provide Oregon and quarterback Marcus Mariota a tough road test -- good team, tough venue. Nope. Game was over at halftime, when it was 43-7. The Ducks pulled Mariota and many of their starters in the second half and coasted home, but they made their statement. While some have pulled out the "Arizona State lost to Missouri" card, the Ducks' dominance was notable. They play host to Colorado on Saturday. Then ... drum roll, please ... they visit USC.