Mariota didn't throw for many yards per game last year -- 205.9 -- because he typically didn't need to pass much in the second half. This fall, the Ducks' running game is more questionable and the crew of receivers is deep. There's a sense that Mariota, who led the conference in passing efficiency in 2012, could throw a lot more this fall.
■ Two Oregon defenders make this Pac-12 list of the top interceptors, Erick Dargan and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu.
■ Ted Miller wonders if the Alamo Bowl upgrade will test the Pac-12 and Big 12.
■ Mark Flores has all the latest on recruiting efforts.
■ The Pac-12 seems to be a direct pipeline to the NFL for head coaches according to this report.
ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel looks at which conferences send head coaches to the NFL and makes a conclusion: "The shortest road for any FBS head coach to the NFL is through the Pac-12. In fact, no other conference even comes close."
The latest being Chip Kelly of course.