Stanford's loss puts Oregon atop the Pac-12 North while focus lingers on QB Mariota's knee

Marcus Mariota has been right all along: The No. 5 Oregon Ducks just need to play out their season. In December they'll see where they land.

Case in point: The developments this weekend, when Oregon defeated Utah 44-21 a few hours before USC upset Stanford 20-17. The loss for the Cardinal popped Oregon back atop the Pac-12 North.

Should the Ducks win their next two games, they'll earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game for a shot at the Rose Bowl. As for anything else, well, that's out of Oregon's control.

The first task for the Ducks (9-1, 6-1) is a trip to play Arizona (6-4, 3-4) this weekend. The Wildcats have lost two straight, including a 24-17 loss at home to Washington State this past weekend.