Oregon gets a break after strong start

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WHO'S HOT 

Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota had 483 total yards of offense and five touchdowns in Oregon's win over Tennessee last Saturday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota had 483 total yards of offense and five touchdowns in Oregon's win over Tennessee last Saturday.

Oregon. The Ducks enjoy a bye week after throttling Virginia and Tennessee the past two weeks. Oregon looks explosive on offense, though the Ducks have faced two teams that won nine games combined last season.

WHO'S NOT 

Wisconsin. Of course Badger fans are going to blame the officials for the strange ending to their team’s 32-30 loss to Arizona State.

In case you missed it, Wisconsin had no timeouts with 18 seconds left when quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly tried to take a knee in the middle of the field to set up a play to spike the ball, stop the clock and set up a 32-yard, game-winning field-goal attempt. The officials bungled the ending and the clock ran out.

Still, Wisconsin coaches might want to call Georgia’s Mark Richt and brush up on their late-game management.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL 

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel showed his brilliance against top-ranked Alabama. The Texas A&M quarterback threw for 464 yards and five touchdowns (with two interceptions) and ran for 98 yards. With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select ...

GAME OF THE WEEK 

The 3:30 p.m. Saturday showdown on CBS pits Tennessee vs. No. 19 Florida in The Swamp in what used to be one of the top games on the Southeastern Conference schedule. Instead, the Gators will try to find an offense against the Volunteers, who limped back to the South after last week’s shellacking.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR 

1. Clemson (2-0). Despite the loss of wide receiver Charone Peake to a season-ending injury, quarterback Tajh Boyd still has plenty of weapons.

2. Georgia (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). Look for tailback Brendan Douglas to add to his brief college resume when the Bulldogs face North Texas.

3. South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC). The Gamecocks are averaging 480 yards of offense a game.

4. Georgia Tech (2-0). The Yellow Jackets are knocking on the door of the top 25 poll.

GAMES 

• Clemson at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN), Thursday

• North Carolina at Georgia Tech, noon (ESPN), Saturday

• North Texas at Georgia, 12:21 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12), Saturday

• S.C. State at Benedict, 4 p.m. (No TV), Saturday

THIS WEEK'S STORYLINES

Clemson: Tigers will be hard-pressed to score 62 points against N.C. State like they did last year, but who knows?

Georgia: Bulldogs should have no problem running the ball against the Mean Green.

Georgia Tech: Offense to face its toughest test of the season against the Tar Heels.

South Carolina: Jadeveon Clowney gets a bye week to rest his injured foot.


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