Other observations: After practice, Helfrich lauded Rodney Hardrick for setting the tone defensively in terms of communication, and Justin Hollins for taking every rep during special teams periods. … The defense really came alive during a mid-practice period against primarily run plays. They were really swarming the ball. … Offensively, Charles Nelson was super explosive in one early team period. Also, Mariota and Evan Baylis have worked together plenty over the course of this season, so this isn't shocking, but at this point given Baylis' increased role the last two weeks they really have good chemistry. They hooked up for a long touchdown to cap the tempo period that opened practice. … Andre Yruretagoyena continues to expand his duties. He got some reps at guard today.
■ Oregon remained at #2 in the latest college football rankings.
■ John Canzano shares his favorite Civil War facts.
■ Ken Goe talks about team leadership and the players' own expectations and how it has create a culture for success.
■ Tyson Alger says Marcus Mariota took a risk in coming back to play this year but the reward as been near perfection.
■ Kevin Gemmell and Brian Bennett debate who should get the Heisman this year, Marcus Mariota or Melvin Gordon. (winner winner chicken dinner for MM)
■ Charles Fisher analyzes the "loaded option" play during some recent games and comments on the latest college football ranking.
■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ want to put back the War in Civil War.
■ Dale Newton says the outlook for the beav trash is cloudy with a chance of rout.