Mariota came up big in the Ducks' 45-24 win over Washington, completing 24 of 31 passes for 366 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 13 times for 88 yards and a score.
■ Oregon remains at #2 in the latest AP Poll.
■ ZDuckFan takes an early look at the calculations going into the BCS formula and likes where Oregon places.
■ Ken Goe was impressed with Oregon's road victory against the Dawgs.
■ Dale Newton believes the emergence of the downfield passing game makes the 2013 Duck offense one of the most formidable ever.
■ Andrew Greif relays some of the media questions and answers given by Mark Helfrich during yesterday's weekly teleconference.
■ Jason Quick says tough practices lead to perfection on the field.
■ John Canzano wonders when Thomas Tyner's role will expand.
■ Duck QB recruit Morgan Mahalak had a big game last week and just keeps putting up big numbers. Story by Dale Newton.
■ Kevin Gemmell reveals "what we learned in the Pac-12; week 7."
1. There is a clear front-runner: Oregon’s 45-24 win over No. 16 Washington was a clear signal to the league and the country that the Ducks are every bit the national-championship contender we thought they were. Now they have the quality road win against a ranked opponent to back it up. Marcus Mariota is the hands-down Heisman favorite after throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 88 yards and a score. He has accounted for 25 touchdowns with zero turnovers. Coupled with Stanford’s loss at Utah, the Ducks are the unquestioned front-runner in the Pac-12.