While Stanford and Oregon feel like 1A and 1B, you have to account for the uncertainty of the Ducks' changing coaches, particularly when it's one with as big a presence as Chip Kelly. The returning talent, including Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota at quarterback, is strong on both sides of the ball.
■ Ivan Maisel says Mark Helfrich has a familiar task ahead of him, win lots of games.
■ Jon Wilner believes Marcus Mariota is the best QB in the conference.
■ Is Oregon the new "Running Back U?"
■ Dana Altman got one senior to transfer, he just might do it again.
■ Rob Moseley reviews the linebackers post-spring.
■ Ted Miller has his Oregon spring wrap-up posted.
Mariota the man: While practices were closed, a brilliant spring game performance as well as the general scuttlebutt, related that QB Marcus Mariota was sharp on the field and took a step forward as a leader. Mariota enters the offseason as a top Heisman Trophy candidate, and that makes him the frontman for a team that has to replace some key leaders. Playing great is the best sort of leadership.