This is pretty simple: Will Mariota be 100 percent against the Longhorns? If so, will he return to his midseason form, when he was the nation's best player and the leading Heisman Trophy candidate? That means using his legs to stress the Longhorns, both with designed running plays in the read option and scrambling on passing plays. If Mariota is back to his old self, he will put himself firmly in the 2014 Heisman race. And the Ducks should roll.
■ Seth Prince tells us who the ESPN announcers will be for the Alamo Bowl, Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe.
■ Kurt Liedtke and Josh Schlichter break down the Texas offensive attack.
■ Dale Newton looks at the disciplinary style of Mark Helfrich.
■ Beth Maiman compares the defensive lines for Texas and Oregon.
■ Andrew Greif takes a closer look at the many reasons it would be good to finish the 2013 season with a win over Texas. Here are just a few.
Seniors can ride off into the sunset as winners. The program can claim a fifth season with at least 11 victories. Coaches can walk into recruits' living rooms with another bargaining chip. Oregon can avoid being a complete footnote to the history of Mack Brown's final game at Texas.