X-factors in Oregon’s matchup with the Virginia Cavaliers

De'Anthony Thomas is as fast as it comes. (Photo: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five x-factors for the Oregon Ducks entering their Week 2 matchup against the Virginia Cavaliers. Getting players like De’Anthony Thomas out in space will be crucial. Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall will be able to play up the middle. The team that wins the turnover battle will have the edge, but the Ducks can control the tempo from start to finish. Virginia may have home-field advantage, but if the Ducks can quiet the crowd early, they’ll continue their recent road success.

The Oregon Ducks will score 70 points vs. Nicholls State

The Oregon Ducks have a serious home-field advantage.

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five reasons why the Oregon Ducks will score at least 70 points on Nicholls State in the season opener. To start, Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall will be too much talent for a bad defense to handle. The Ducks also have home-field advantage, which has done them well in the past — especially in the first game of the year. Also, the Oregon State Beavers scored 77 on this team last season.

BC Lions blame game – offense edition

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Travis Erbacher takes a look at an offence that left him at a loss for words following the matchup against Montreal. It’s odd to say that an offense was terrible when they managed to put up 38 points, but so is the case. Jacques Chapdelaine has to take the blame, as he’s gotten to cute with Travis Lulay, Shawn Gore and Marco Iannuzzi.

Are Oregon’s all-yellow uniforms the best or worst combo yet?

Are Oregon's all-yellow uniforms the best or worst combination yet?

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down the Oregon Ducks’ newest all-yellow uniform combination. If there’s anything that Chip Kelly, and now Mark Helfrich’s squad has become known for, it’s the uniforms. BCS bowl games and near-undefeated seasons have helped build the fan base, but there’s no denying that the uniforms have helped when it’s come to recruiting for college football season.

*My* five favorite things about Oregon’s new football facility

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down what some of the most impressive features are inside the Oregon Ducks’ new football facility. Head coach Mark Helfrich has a room that can turn his glass walls dark with a button. Players such as Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas now have two more practice fields, as well as two theatres to watch film. The locker room also looks like something straight out of Star Wars.

Oregon Football: A look at Marcus Mariota’s backup QB’s

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down what the Oregon Ducks’ options are at quarterback behind Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, the Ducks won’t need to use their other options. However, having Jake Rodrigues, Jeff Lockie, Damion Hobbs and Dustin Haines on the bench should make Mark Helfrich feel good entering the college football season.

Mild Surprise? Oregon remains bowl eligible

Chip Kelly

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the penalties levied against the Oregon Ducks football program this morning. While there are other penalties such as public reprimand and censure and other minor sanctions that have more to do with using the same recruiting services, the big news on Wednesday morning was that the Ducks will still be bowl eligible. That’s right, Oregon fans, you can take a nice deep breath, exhale, and realize that your team is destined for greatness.

Ducks Football: Top 10 ways you know you’re a true fan

The play that changed the Oregon-UW rivalry forever. (Photo: oregonianphoto.com)

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down the top 10 ways you know you’re a fan of the Oregon Ducks. As the team continues to find success in Eugene, more and more people are becoming fans. True fans hate the Washington Huskies, despise Michael Dyer and Cam Newton and loving the uniforms. They also believe in the system, which has featured Chip kelly, Dennis Dixon and LaMichael James, and now features Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas and Mark Helfrich.

Mark Helfrich ends spring with tools to succeed, high expectations

Oregon Ducks, Mark Helfrich

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previous the upcoming Oregon Ducks season for new head coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich enters the season with a talented roster, including Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas, on his side. He also has a favorable schedule and a top-5 standing to start the year. The problem is that success has been redefined at Oregon, meaning anything less than a championship will be a disappointment.

What could Oregon’s weaknesses be in 2013?

De'Anthony Thomas Ducks

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the weaknesses on Oregon’s 2013 college football roster that could see them fall from the ranks of the college football elite. While the talent is already on the team and there is quite a lot of potential surrounding the Duck athletes, Oregon is lacking proven players on the defensive line and at linebacker.

Oregon Ducks: Things to love about Mark Helfrich hiring

Oregon Ducks, Mark Helfrich

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox explains why you should love the Mark Helfrich hiring as a Ducks fan. When Chip Kelly was hired as head coach, you had the feeling it wasn’t forever. He is now in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, and Helfrich is ready to take over. UO’s newest head coach is someone the team and its fan base can be proud of. He knows Chip Kelly’s system, he’s willing to throw the football and he is a Duck for life.

Five reasons ‘The Sinking Chip’ in Eugene is good for UW

Chip Kelly, Oregon Ducks

NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies football blogger Chris Hall talks about why Chip leaving Eugene for Philadelphia is a welcome sight for all University of Washington fans. Chip Kelly and his staff were top-flight recruiters. You only needed to glance at their stud-filled recruiting classes every year, or notice how well they reloaded each season, to know this was true. Oregon was on the short list of every big time recruit in the pacific northwest and blue-chip players across the country.

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