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Quarterback issues in state of Oregon

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Oregon beat a ranked team and Oregon State lost to one last Saturday, but the state rivals share something this week.

Questions at quarterback.

John Canzano of The Oregonian said Oregon State should bench Sean Canfield after the loss to Cincinnati and go with former starter Lyle Moevao, who is coming back from shoulder surgery.

Meanwhile, Oregon coach Chip Kelly was defending his quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli, and the Ducks anemic passing game.

Canfield was 29 of 45 for 240 yards with no touchdowns and one interceptions in the Beavers 28-18 loss. He also was sacked five times, a couple of them because he held the ball too long.

Of course, over the first two weeks of the season, Canfield ranked 14th in the nation in passing efficiency.

The primary issue for Canzano is leadership: That's Moevao's strength. He didn't sense it from Canfield against the Bearcats.

As for Oregon, the Ducks are averaging 126 yards passing per game, which ranks 116th out of 120 FBS teams.

Masoli hasn't thrown a TD pass this year. He completed just 4 of 16 for 95 yards in the the win over Utah -- throwing an interception and fumbling twice -- and his efficiency rating is so low it doesn't register on the official NCAA rankings, but suffice it to say he's last in the Pac-10.

On the other hand, he's rushed for 145 yards and four TDs.

It's worth noting that backup Nate Costa, who's struggled with multiple knee injuries since he's been with the Ducks, is healthy. Before the 2008 season, Kelly was extremely high on Costa, who was slated to replace spread-option maestro, Dennis Dixon.

Oregon State plays host to Arizona on Saturday, and the Wildcats have their own quarterback issues.

Oregon welcomes No. 6 California to Autzen Stadium on Saturday, and it's perhaps a bit surprising the Bears are the most set at quarterback of the four teams -- Kevin Riley ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency -- that will be matching up inside the state borders.

These are two critical Pac-10 matchups, and QB issues just thicken the plot.