Observations: This morning was heavy on installation of the game plan and light on full-speed, physical work. Thus, no highlights to pass along, similar to a Thursday. … During practice, the Pac-12 announced that Mariota was named conference offensive player of the week for his five-touchdown performance at Cal. Mariota did throw an interception, but his touchdown-to-interception ratio now stands at 24:1, and he passed Bill Musgrave to become the UO career passing leader with 8,299 yards. … Despite returning a punt for a touchdown, making a tackle in kickoff coverage and forcing a fumble on punt coverage, Nelson was not named special teams player of the week. That honor went to USC’s Adoree Jackson, who returned a kickoff 100 yards against Utah. The Utes, FWIW, are generally considered to have the top special teams unit in the conference, if not the entire country. … ICYMI, Oregon’s game Nov. 8 at Utah was selected by ESPN for a 7 p.m. PT telecast.
■ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was one of 15 semifinalists identified Monday for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the best defensive back in college football.
■ Tyson Alger reports Keanon Lowe is expected to return for the Stanford game after being injured.
■ Andrew Greif has a sneak peek on the Stanford matchup.
■ Ted Miller looks at the playoff ramifications for the Oregon vs Stanford game.
■ Sean Meagher says Oregon remains at #1 in the Pac-12 Power Rankings.