Ducks Holding on to No. 2 Ranking

By: Amanda Boechler

The Oregon Ducks have had a great start to their season. They have already completed 10 games of the regular season, finishing with nine wins. Their only loss was against Arizona.
The Ducks are currently ranked second in The College Football Playoff Rankings. They are right behind Alabama, with Florida State and Mississippi State taking the third and fourth slots respectively. TCU currently holds the fifth spot and hopes to gain a foothold in the top four.
The Ducks have two more games to complete: one against Colorado and the other against OSU, before they head off to the PAC 12 championship game. If Oregon can win all three games they will most likely gain a spot at either the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl. These two initial bowl games will determine who goes onto the Championship Bowl.
The team took the last week off of practice, and are now preparing for their game this week against Colorado that will take place on Nov. 22 at Autzen Stadium. The team is also preparing for the Civil War, which is quickly approaching. The game will occur on Nov. 29 and it is always a fan favorite.

The team recently lost their starting tight end, Pharaoh Brown, due to an injury in his right leg during the game against Utah State. Brown has been an important asset to the Ducks, catching six touchdowns passes. However, Evan Baylis, Johnny Mundt, and Koa Ka’ai have stepped up to take Brown’s place. Baylis will be replacing Brown in this week’s game against Colorado.
Marcus Mariota, quarterback for the Ducks, has had an outstanding season. He is currently the front-runner for the Heisman trophy, which is the biggest award in college football. He is closely followed by Melvin Gordan (Wisconsin’s running back), J.Y. Barret (Ohio State’s quarterback), and Trevone Boykin (TCU’s quarterback). Mariota has successfully thrown 2780 yards and 29 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He has also completed 524 rushing yards and scored eight touchdowns in the process.

Mariota came out of high school football in Hawaii with a recruitment rating of over 100 for quarterbacks. This is an extremely low ranking, and Mariota was overlooked by many big teams due to his standing. Yet, he has been able to work his way to the top despite his original ranking. In the last 10 years, the Heisman trophy winner has always been a highly ranked athlete coming into college. If Mariota is able to obtain the Heisman trophy, he will be one of the first athletes to have successfully worked his way to the top.
The Ducks have a very good shot at making it to either the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl. Hopefully, they continue on to the Championship Bowl.

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