The Oregon Ducks continued to steamroll past anyone unfortunate enough to be in their path. This time, it was the Colorado Buffalo who watched Mariota sliced and dice them through the air while gashing them on the ground as well. He completed 16/27 passes for 355 yards with no interceptions and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball seven times for 49 yards and two more scores as Oregon routed Colorado 57-16. That gives him 21 total touchdowns in five games and keeps him near or at the top of most Heisman voter’s early ballot if they had one.
Mariota’s opponents haven’t been much to speak of through the first six weeks, but a road test against the Washington Huskies this week will prove to be his biggest challenge yet, and with games against Stanford and UCLA still on the docket, Mariota will have to continue producing at this blistering pace if he wants to keep his Ducks undefeated and get them to the National Championship game.
That tough stretch of games begins this week with the Washington Huskies, who rank 11th in the nation in scoring defense, and will be desperate for a win after last weekend’s heart-breaking loss to the Stanford Cardinals.
This is a game neither team can afford to lose in the PAC-12 North with Stanford still undefeated, and Oregon still is very much in the hunt for a berth in the BCS Championship game if they run the table in the PAC-12.