September 20, 2013, 6:23 pm
The Ducks and Beavers are both coming off big wins this past weekend – with the Ducks putting a beat-down on the Tennessee Volunteers and the Beavers coming back in dramatic fashion to beat the Utah Utes in overtime. Our good friend Joey Harrington, who is now a college football analyst for Fox Sports 1, joined Chad on Flight 750 Friday to talk about what he has seen from all the teams in the Pac-12 this season.Harrington suggests that the great play of Sean Mannion so far this season is not that big of a surprise to him.
“The thing you need to take into consideration is last year, he was playing very, very well and then he got hurt. And when you have a guy come in and try and take your place like Cody Vaz did and play as well as Cody did, you’re going to want to get back. He wasn’t ready and he made some poor decisions, some poor throws and threw a lot of interceptions and made people kind of second-guess the work he had done up to that point.”
He also says that he can’t think of a QB in the Pac-12 who is any better than Marcus Mariota.
“You can make the argument for Marcus against any quarterback in the country right now. The difference between him being a National Champion and him simply being the best to ever play at Oregon…is whether he can will his teammates to make the right decisions all the time.”
He also talked about the big November seventh matchup between the Ducks and the Cardinal in Palo Alto. Although Stanford is easily one of the best teams in the country with one of the best fronts in all of football, they can be beaten.
“The thing with Stanford is their front seven is fantastic and probably is the best in the country. They only lost one guy – Chase Thomas – off that front seven that was hands down the best . Where they can be beat is through the air and I’m not sure that Marcus was ready to carry the team on his back throwing the football last year. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s ready to do that this year.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to check out all the great work that Harrington has been doing with Fox Sports 1 every college football Saturday.