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Heisman Trophies are no guarantee of success in the NFL, which shouldn't exactly reassure current front-runner Marcus Mariota. UCLA coach Jim Mora says Mariota has nothing to worry about, as he believes Mariota will be a star in the NFL. Mariota is No. 5 on Scout's Inc.'s top 32 list, but will he find that his success in Oregon's fast-paced offense doesn't quite translate to the NFL?
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CFB: (3) Oregon vs. (12) UCLA
Oregon isn't too happy about sitting at No. 3 behind Florida State in the first BCS standings of the season. But many of the experts say that if the Ducks take care of business the rest of the way, they will surpass the Seminoles when it matters most: at the end of the season. The first test is a UCLA team that was riding high until hitting a hot Stanford Cardinal team last week. Can the Bruins rebound to derail Oregon's championship hopes? Can the Ducks dominate and perhaps end Florida State's placement at No. 2 after just one week?
During Saturday's lopsided win over Tennessee, Oregon fans began chanting "We want Bama!" with enough passion that Nick Saban and A.J. McCarron might have heard it all the way over in College Station. Not only does Oregon want it, pretty much everyone who has watched a down of college football over the last two seasons wants it as well. While we wait to see how this season plays out and whether we will get our wish, cast your vote on how an Alabama-Oregon game would play out and how much the location would matter.
In the heart of SEC country
Alabama's last home loss was to Texas A&M 29-24 last November.
On the West Coast
Oregon's last home loss was to Stanford 17-14 in overtime last November.
Somewhere in the middle
Both teams have a game plan that translates to any city, on any surface at any time.
Alabama's A.J. McCarron is cool under pressure, but does he have Marcus Mariota's quickness?
Oregon will be looking to avenge the overtime loss to the Cardinal last season.
Who stood out in college football?
We've still got one big game on the college football Week 1 slate -- No. 11 Florida State heads to new ACC rival Pittsburgh on Monday night -- but the vast majority of business is done. And it featured far more than Johnny Manziel's antics. Clemson made a statement by beating Georgia. The FCS similarly stood out, beating seven FBS opponents. A pair of Heisman-eyeing quarterbacks showed this could be quite a race. Who won the weekend?