Ted: The power rankings are about reacting to the latest games as well as the cumulative body of work and general perception of butt-kicking ability. The Ducks are now tops in all three. And after witnessing Mark Helfrich's tour-de-force presser following his team's bludgeoning of Tennessee, reporters realized we've still got some Chip Kelly wiseacre to enjoy.
Matt: After a stellar freshman season, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota looks better than ever in 2013. He's a more accurate thrower, his passes have more velocity and he's still a serious threat in the quarterback run game. If you're not going to pay attention to Oregon until the Stanford game, you're ignoring one of the
■ Jon Wilner likes the new Pac-12 Networks media partner, AT&T/U-verse.
■ Dale Newton gives the kicking duo of Wogan and Maldonado their due.
■ Charles Fisher breaks down Oregon's aerial attack during the Tennessee game.
■ Edward Aschoff hopes the dream matchup of Oregon vs Alabama happens for the final BCS championship.
Saturday put college football in the right direction toward everything we'd want in a BCS finale: Alabama and Oregon.
We can only hope that the football gods will be forgiving in the year that we lay the BCS to rest.
■ Rob Moseley notes that all the time LB Derrick Malone spends in the film room is paying dividends.
Three weeks into the season, there are no more lingering questions. Malone led the Ducks with 11 tackles against Nicholls to open the year, and with 12 at Virginia. After another four against Tennessee, Malone has a team-high 27 tackles, the most by a UO defender through three games since Casey Matthews had 31 in 2009.