The Oregon Ducks have one of the nation’s best offenses, and quarterback Marcus Mariota is the reason why they’ll once again be contending for a spot in the BCS National Championship game.
After an outstanding freshman season that included completing 68.5 percent of his passes, Mariota has struggled to maintain that level of accuracy thus far, connecting on 26/49 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions through two games.
But this weekend, the Ducks will be hosting a Tennessee Volunteers squad that was among the worst in the nation in pass-defense last year. They’ve looked impressive in wins over less-than-impressive opponents in Austin Peay and Western Kentucky, and they’ve never seen a dual-threat quarterback like Mariota, who finished with 122 yards on four carries, and threw two touchdown passes in Saturday’s 59-10 win over the Virginia Cavaliers, a game in which Mariota ran 71 yards for a touchdown on the Ducks’ sixth play from scrimmage.
He’s as dynamic as any player in college football, and in a rare matchup against an SEC team, he’ll be looking to have one of the better games he’s had since coming to Eugene.