Today’s practice opened with Helfrich putting the ball at the 2-yard line, with the offense given one snap to score a “game-winning” touchdown. Both the No. 1 offense and No. 2 offense did so. That’s two days in a row the offense has won a “clutch” scenario, which have mostly been won by the defense the last few weeks. … Mariota was very sharp today, spreading the ball all over the field. He had a couple of beautiful, teardrop passes to receivers in the end zone, one to Thomas Tyner in seven-on and another to Josh Huff in 11-on-11. …
■ Oregon held firm at #2 in the AP poll and fell to #3 in the BCS, likely due to the bye-week and FSU's big win over Miami.
■ Dale Newton previews the game against Stanford.
■ Madison Guernsey talks with B.J. Kelley about the big game.
■ Ken Goe wonders if Stanford is becoming Oregon's biggest rival and has some interesting links.
Much as the Ducks surely want to beat Stanford Thursday night, I don't sense the same visceral dislike for the Cardinal that Oregon has for Washington. And the Civil War is special, even if Oregon's attitude toward the Beavers was neatly caught three years ago by former UO cornerback Cliff Harris' "little brother" reference.