The 2013 Civil War: “Must Watch” TV

Sean Mannion and Marcus Mariota should combine for one heck of a showdown,

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the 2013 Civil War between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers and explains why it is must-watch TV. At this point in the college football season, neither UO nor OSU is where they wanted to be. This game is about bragging rights, but it’s also about salvaging the year. Having players like De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota, Sean Mannion, Brandin Cooks, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner on the field doesn’t hurt, either.

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.

Three things to watch for in Oregon’s next game

Mariota

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you three things to watch out for when the Ducks travel east to take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Fresh of a 66-3 blowout of the Nicholls State Colonels, Oregon will be facing different conditions against the Cavaliers in both terms of game atmosphere, temperature, and style. The Ducks will need to be road warriors on Saturday and not look past a team who will be gearing up for a big upset.

Oregon 66-3 over Nicholls State: Week one game balls

Mariota was once again dominant. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson dishes out his game balls from Oregon’s triumphant and blowout victory over the Nicholls State Colonels. A route everybody expected to occur, the Ducks soared over the Colonels and dominated all facets of the game. Marcus Mariota led the way on offense while Tony Washington played big on defense and Keanon Lowe looked impressive on special teams.

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.

Oregon Ducks Playmakers to watch this season

De'Anthony Thomas Ducks

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks Blogger previews the upcoming college football season by giving us five playmakers to watch for in 2013. De’Anthony Thomas and Thomas Tyner will star in the backfield, although Byron Marshall could become the team’s every-down back. Marcus Mariota is another obvious choice. On defense, keep an eye on Arik Armstead and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

What to expect when the Ducks face Nicholls State

Rodrigues should earn the backup spot to Mariota (Scott Olmos/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his 5 expectations for Oregon’s first college football game of the season against Nicholls State. Ideally, the NCAA will do something in the future to prevent this from happening. However, as it stands right now, these small programs seem more than willing to take a pounding from some of the best teams in the nation for some extra cash to improve their facilities and exposure. Here’s what Chris sees happening

Under-the-radar Oregon Ducks entering 2013

Terrance Mitchell is flying under Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's radar.

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us Oregon Ducks who are flying under the radar entering fall camp and the 2013 college football season. Although not traditional under-the-radar candidates, Byron Marshall and Terrance Mitchell have yet to garner the kind of hype Thomas Tyner, De’Anthony Thomas and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu have. Josh Huff is also under the radar, along with Tony Washington and Hroniss Grasu.

Oregon football is just getting started

Mariota is ready to claim what no other Oregon player has. (Photo: Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about greatness in relation to the University of Oregon’s football program. While many believe the Ducks are peaking right now, Chris argues that the best years in Eugene are yet to come. Analyzing the success of the football program with its foundations laid by Mike Bellotti, Chris takes you down memory lane and makes you realize just how strong the Oregon football foundation is. Strap in, Oregon fans, you’re in for one heck of a ride.

Flash forward: A look at Portland’s depth at forward

Wright (4) should give the Blazers a great option from 3 (Mark L. Baer/US Presswire)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about the Blazers’ depth at forward in the coming season. After being mocked for having no depth at all, Portland went into the offseason with a bang and solidified their depth chart, making them a very potent team who could very well contend in the near future. Among the biggest additions the Blazers made were Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson, players who will look to make an impact in PDX.

Super Mariota or the Black Momba for Heisman?

Thomas Mariota Oregon Ducks

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about who has the upper-hand in the Heisman race: De’Anthony Thomas or Marcus Mariota. Though Thomas still looked to be a proven commodity at skill positions all along the offense, many wondered if the change in quarterback would be the downfall of the 2012 Ducks. Almost a year after people began to speculate about that team, we know that Super Mariota played one of the best seasons at the QB position in Oregon football history and looks poised to be even better in 2013.

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.

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