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Ducks hold strong at No. 2, WSU next up
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 10/13/2013
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by Rob Moseley
Editor, GoDucks.com

Oregon experienced little movement in the national polls Sunday, in the wake of the Ducks' 45-24 win at Washington a day earlier.

The UO football team (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) held strong at No. 2 both in the Associated Press top 25 poll of media and the USA Today coaches' poll. The Ducks collected five first-place votes from the media for the second straight week, and had three from coaches, one fewer than a week ago.

Sunday brought the first Harris Poll of the fall, and Oregon was also No. 2 there. The Ducks got 10 of 104 possible first-place votes in the Harris Poll, a component of the Bowl Championship Series rankings along with the coaches' poll.

Oregon hosts Washington State on Saturday (7 p.m., FOX Sports 1). The first BCS rankings of the season will be released the next day.

Washington slipped five spots to No. 20 according to the AP, though has lost just five spots overall despite consecutive losses to Stanford and Oregon. The Cardinal dropped eight spots to No. 13 after losing to Utah on Saturday, while UCLA climbed to No. 9, its first top-10 ranking from the AP since 2005.

The Bruins play at Autzen Stadium on Oct. 26, and already buzz is building that the game might be marquee enough to attract the presence of ESPN's "College GameDay." A kickoff time should be announced Monday.

National statistics also illustrate Oregon's dominance in the first half of the season. The UO offense is second nationally in scoring (56.8 ppg), second in total offense (630.5 ypg), third in rushing (324.0 ypg) and fifth in pass efficiency (176.72). The Ducks' defense is sixth in points allowed (13.8 pg), sixth in yards per play allowed (4.23) and fifth in pass efficiency (94.31).

Oregon's big-play ability has been particularly noteworthy. The Ducks have 56 offensive plays of 20 or more yards this year, most in the nation, and 18 passing plays of 30 yards or more, tied for second. Marcus Mariota has 17 of those 18 completions of 30 yards or more, matching the total of Oregon State's Sean Mannion, as talented a downfield passer as there is in the country.

Mariota's passer rating is 182.37, fifth in the country and first in the Pac-12, and he's No. 6 in total offense, accounting for 358.3 yards per game.

Mariota also is second nationally in yards per carry — for all players, not just quarterbacks — at 10.39. His nine runs of 20 or more yards are most in the nation among quarterbacks, and his eight rushing touchdowns are tied for first among quarterbacks.

Bralon Addison slipped to second in punt return average at 23.89 yards per return, and he's No. 43 in receiving yards per game with 83.7, 14 places behind teammate Josh Huff (92.0).

Byron Marshall is No. 35 in rushing yards per game (92.33), Terrance Mitchell is 15th with his three interceptions, Tony Washington is 27th with his 4.5 sacks and Derrick Malone is 55th with 8.67 tackles per game.

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