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.

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

Photo: Oregon Ducks

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.

Pac-12 Media Day: Oregon Ducks football

Oregon Ducks, Mark Helfrich

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s time on the podium at the 2013 Pac-12 Media Day. Picked to win the conference yet again, many see Oregon as national title contenders as well despite Helfrich coming in as the new head coach. Now that the allegations surrounding Oregon have been resolved and the skies are once again clear in Eugene, the Ducks are gearing up for another great season while cementing themselves as a national powerhouse.

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

jeff lockie

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.

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.

2013 Heisman odds: Ducks Thomas & Mariota among favorites

De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are Heisman hopefuls entering the 2013 season. (Photo/Don Ryan/AP)

NWSB Editor breaks down why the Oregon Ducks’ De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are Heisman Trophy hopefuls entering the 2013 college football season. According to Cappers Picks, Thomas is a 14/1 odds favorite while Mariota is 16/1. Both players are among the top 11 Heisman favorites, and the only other Pac-12 player to make the list is Marquis Lee out of USC.

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.

What to expect from new head coach Mark Helfrich

Oregon Ducks, Mark Helfrich

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about what fans can expect to see from Mark Helfrich in 2013. While most of the elements of Oregon’s football team will remain the same, there are two key things that will likely change: how open practices are and how much Oregon throws the ball.

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.