Based on the line of questioning directed at Mariota after practice, don't be surprised if the primary theme that is drummed up heading into Saturday revolves around the health of his left knee, which was braced during the second half of the UCLA game and the entire Stanford game. It's an easy story, but Mariota was clear that he practiced fully and admitted to feeling better today than last week. The fact remains that despite not having his typical wheels due to the brace, the redshirt sophomore QB managed to go 8-of-8 for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns during Oregon's only two offensive drives during the fourth quarter at Stanford. If the Ducks had recovered that final onside kick, you have to wonder if anyone would be talking about the knee.
■ Ken Goe doesn't believe Oregon's "size" is an issue, we lost to a top 10 team on the road.
■ Ted Miller dropped Oregon to number two in the latest edition of the Pac-12 power rankings.
■ Charles Fisher adds his two cents on a few of the reasons Oregon lost last week and makes some compelling points.
■ Tony Washington was named to the Hendricks Award watch list yesterday.
■ Andrew Greif and Dale Newton preview the upcoming Utah game.
■ Victor Flores has a short Q&A with OL Mana Greig.
■ Dale Newton reminds us there is a lot of football left to play this year.
Oregon is built for the long haul and it is recruiting for tomorrow. I want to see that tomorrow, and I know you do as well. Bring on Utah! Bring on Arizona! Bring on Little Brother!
Pick your heads up! There's four more games to play and this thing ain't hardly over!