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October 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

First look: No. 2 Oregon, plus UW game notes

First glance: No. 2 Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12)

Coach: Mark Helfrich

Record: 5-0 in first season as a head coach

Last game: Beat Colorado 57-16 Saturday.

Series: Washington leads 58-42-5

The latest line: Oregon is favored by 14 points.

Star players:

Marcus Mariota: Sophomore quarterback is considered a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy. Has 14 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season.

De’Anthony Thomas: Versatile junior tailback sat out the Colorado game with an ankle injury, but reportedly returned to practice Monday.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu: Junior cornerback a projected first-round NFL pick.

Arik Armstead: Sophomore defensive lineman, former five-star recruit, listed at 6-8, 280 pounds.

Oregon key to success: The Ducks, with their blur offense, haven’t missed a beat in the transition from Chip Kelly to Helfrich, the former UO offensive coordinator. Oregon has outscored opponents 111-24 in the first quarter this season, and the Ducks are averaging 59.2 points per game. No. 16 Washington will be the first ranked opponent for Oregon, and a fast start figures to be tougher to come by before a sold-out crowd at Husky Stadium.

By the numbers:

11.8: Points per game allowed by the Oregon defense, second-best in the nation.

335.8: Rushing yards per game by the Ducks, third-best in the nation.

7: Total touchdowns by Mariota (five passing, two rushing) in Oregon’s blowout of Colorado on Saturday, earning him Pac-12 player of the week honors.

Schedule/results:

Oregon 66, Nicholls State 3
Oregon 59, Virginia 10
Oregon 59, Tennessee 14
Oregon 55, California 16
Oregon 57, Colorado 16

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UW’s official game notes:

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