Oregon 59-10 over Virginia Cavaliers: Week two game balls

Mariota once again flashed his top speed with a 71-yard TD run against Virginia. (Andrew Shurtleff/Stamford Advocate)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Ducks’ blowout over Virginia and hands out his game balls to three players who were very impressive in their position groups. While De’Anthony Thomas could have taken home the offensive game ball as well, Mariota’s ability to scramble and flash his top speed earned him the offensive game ball while Derrick Malone stepped up on defense and Alejandro Maldonado was impressive on special teams.

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.

Why are tickets still available for Oregon’s opening game?

Autzen Stadium

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson details how Autzen’s sellout streak could be ended when Nicholls State heads to Eugene to take on the Ducks. Ranked third in the nation by just about every poll heading into the season, there don’t seem to be many doubts surrounding the Oregon football program right now. That is except for whether or not Autzen Stadium will continue its sellout run.

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

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.

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.

*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.

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