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07:31 AM ET 10.15 | For now, the momentum is building up more steam in the Pacific Northwest. Heisman hype reached Eugene on Monday, bringing with it attention and questions that Marcus Mariota would rather not deal with, so the Oregon quarterback did what he always does when the going gets tough: He leaned on his teammates. If he wasn't talking about the team-first culture of the Oregon program, he was talking about how well his coaches prepare him every week. And if he wasn't talking about how well his receivers get open, he was talking about how well running back Byron Marshall has blocked on pass plays. Yes, after a weekend performance at Washington that put him squarely atop the race for college football's most prestigious award, Mariota was just as he has always been: Poised, polite and ... well, perfect.

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Marcus Mariota, US Presswire Marcus Mariota, US Presswire
October 15, 2013  08:18 AM ET

And the Oregonian kicks off Mariotta's Heisman campaign.

October 15, 2013  08:57 AM ET

after the last year of JFF, the Heisman isn't what it used to be...

October 15, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the Oregonian kicks off Mariotta's Heisman campaign.

It was inevitable.

October 15, 2013  09:14 AM ET

He has a pretty good shot if he can overcome the south coast bias.

October 15, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

after the last year of JFF, the Heisman isn't what it used to be...

The award hasn't been "prestigious" for awhile now.

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October 15, 2013  09:46 AM ET

So the guy would rather talk about the team than himself, so what. There's no i in team.

October 15, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Oregon can run the table go 12-0 and still lose 47-14 to Alabama in the big one.

Not this year...IMO the gap has closed. Vegas showed the hypothetical line would open @ Gump -3

Not sure I wouldn't take the Ducks........no 4 TD win as UO has closed the gap on the line

October 15, 2013  10:32 AM ET

"Mariota was just as he has always been: Poised, polite and ... well, perfect." Just like the team: the best that money can buy, eh, Phil?

October 15, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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"Mariota was just as he has always been: Poised, polite and ... well, perfect." Just like the team: the best that money can buy, eh, Phil?

HEY!!

NOBODY pays for a better team than the SEC does. NOBODY!

October 15, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not this year...IMO the gap has closed. Vegas showed the hypothetical line would open @ Gump -3Not sure I wouldn't take the Ducks........no 4 TD win as UO has closed the gap on the line

I agree. Oregon is legit this year. I think they can beat Bama.

October 15, 2013  12:32 PM ET
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I agree. Oregon is legit this year. I think they can beat Bama.

So long as 8MM stays healthy. From what i've seen this season the backups are quite a step down from him.

October 15, 2013  12:47 PM ET
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HEY!!NOBODY pays for a better team than the SEC does. NOBODY!

If this is true, GR, then there a lot of bagmen in the South who are getting ripped off this year, lol!

October 15, 2013  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

If this is true, GR, then there a lot of bagmen in the South who are getting ripped off this year, lol!

Entirely possible.


I wish da Gatuhs bagmen carried injury-repellant with them, yikes we keep losing guys.

October 15, 2013  01:13 PM ET

I know it was a few years a go but Auburn vs Oregon proved a lot to me. 'Offense sells tickets but DEFENSE wins championships'. I think once Oregon got a taste of Bama's d-line and linebackers for an entire game the offense won't be nearly as explosive. Pete Carroll created a USC team that mirrored a lot of SEC teams and that is how those teams beat Auburn twice and Arkansas once. The emphasis was speed and strength on the d-line and linebackers. It will take a great defensive team from the PAC 12 to win a national championship.

October 15, 2013  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He has a pretty good shot if he can overcome the south coast bias.

I agree, but Oregon still has to play UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State. Those games will go a long way in determining the Heisman.

October 15, 2013  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I know it was a few years a go but Auburn vs Oregon proved a lot to me. 'Offense sells tickets but DEFENSE wins championships'. I think once Oregon got a taste of Bama's d-line and linebackers for an entire game the offense won't be nearly as explosive. Pete Carroll created a USC team that mirrored a lot of SEC teams and that is how those teams beat Auburn twice and Arkansas once. The emphasis was speed and strength on the d-line and linebackers. It will take a great defensive team from the PAC 12 to win a national championship.

Good comment, but is there an SEC team with a good defense, that can stop a good offense from the 12 PAC this year???

October 15, 2013  01:30 PM ET
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It will take a great defensive team from the PAC 12 to win a national championship.

...or just the winner of the FSU/Clemson game. BOTH of those teams could put up big points on Bama, and they each have a very good, physical defense. IMO, either Clemson or FSU would handle Bama better than the Ducks.

October 15, 2013  01:31 PM ET
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Good comment, but is there an SEC team with a good defense, that can stop a good offense from the 12 PAC this year???

I think Texas A&M mirrors Oregon in a lot of ways. If Bama can go into College Station and pull out a victory over A&M, I see them beating Oregon on a neutral field. The thing with Oregon is that people always look at > 50 points they put up but never look at the + 30 the defense usually gives up.

 
October 15, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I think Texas A&M mirrors Oregon in a lot of ways. If Bama can go into College Station and pull out a victory over A&M, I see them beating Oregon on a neutral field. The thing with Oregon is that people always look at > 50 points they put up but never look at the + 30 the defense usually gives up.

Yeah, but you have to realize that Oregon gives up those +30 points in the 4th quarter, when they have their 3/4 stringers in. Check the score of most of their games and it usual is 52-7, 44-10 starting the 4th quarther.

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