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Marcus Mariota declares for the NFL Draft; is it Jared Goff's time to be best Pac-12 QB?

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Will Cal have the best quarterback in the Pac-12 next season?

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As long expected, Oregon Ducks quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will declare for the NFL Draft.

Mariota had the comfort of the Oregon system, but aside from an occasional Stanford and Arizona hiccup, he was pretty much unstoppable. He ends his career throwing 105 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, the best TD:INT ratio (7.5) of any college QB ever, passing Tim Tebow (5.5). His career  interception rate is the best ever among all college QBs with 1000+ attempts, at an astounding 1.199% of passes picked off. No one killed Cal quite as ruthlessly and efficiently as Mariota did, as Cal surrendered 50+ points in each of our head-to-head matchups.

With Mariota and Brett Hundley now gone, the media spotlight will begin to shine on Jared Goff, who is a legitimate candidate to be the best quarterback in the Pac-12 (at times he was a legit candidate last year!) and one of the best college football quarterbacks in the country. Goff will probably battle with Cody Kessler for that role, but Cal has to feel like they're in good hands to finally make a breakthrough with Goffense. Goff is already putting up very similar touchdown to interception ratios as Mariota (35 touchdowns to seven interceptions is already monumentally impressive; if you subtracted tip picks it would be even higher), and considering how many times he has to throw the ball it's even more remarkable.

What do you think Cal fans? What does Mariota's absence do for Oregon and the Pac-12? What is Goff capable of doing this year and where does he stand?