Yesterday, Marcus Mariota's Oregon beat Jameis Winston's Florida State for the right to play in the national championship game. It was an exciting game that was surprisingly lopsided in the end, even though the outcome was in question through most of the first three quarters.
Both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota put up great numbers in the game, but both made plenty of mistakes to go with their explosive plays. While Mariota's team came out on top, you could argue that Winston looked like the better NFL prospect -- which is something Bucky Brooks does in his breakdown of each quarterback's key attributes.
But the game taught us nothing new about either quarterback. Winston made several NFL-level throws and remained calm under pressure, while also being overly aggressive and sloppy with the football. Mariota looked like a pocket quarterback who can handle pressure while showing off his electrifying athleticism, but his ball placement was inconsistent and he at times struggled to pull the trigger.
None of that is news, and none of it should be news. If the 40th game in a quarterback's career tells you something very different from the first 39, you probably didn't look very closely at the first 39 games.
The important questions were never going to be answered yesterday. They're not going to be answered next week, either. With Mariota, the main question is whether and how quickly he can transition to a pro-style offense. With Winston, the main question is how bad his off-field problems really are. Neither question is going to be answered on the field, in college.
So on and on and on we roll, as the draft creeps ever closer.