Oregon Ducks finish No. 2 in AP & Coaches Poll

The Ducks were the only one's celebrating after the game on Saturday (photo Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s final ranking in both the AP and Coaches Poll. After the embarrassment was over and the dust had settled (which mainly came from Notre Dame fans sprinting out of the stadium in the third quarter), Alabama stood in the No. 1 position for the second straight year while the Oregon Ducks, who took care of the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2013 Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl, finished the year at No. 2.

Kelly checks out NFL, remains at Oregon

Kelly recently led the Ducks to a Fiesta Bowl win. (Photo: Oregonlive.com/Thomas Boyd

NWSB Editor and Chris Anderson talks about Chip Kelly’s decision to remain Head Coach of the Oregon Ducks. While rumors were rampant in the past few days about Kelly taking his talents to the NFL level (particularly to Cleveland or Philadelphia), the dust has settled and the man referred to as “Big Balls Chip” by the Oregon faithful will continue to build his historic college football legacy — much to the chagrin of other Pac-12 fans.

Oregon Ducks vs. Kansas State Wildcats Fiesta Bowl game balls & stats

Mariota is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback. (Photo: Oregon Ducks)

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox after each week of the regular season, and possibly during a bowl game or BCS playoffs should the Ducks be so lucky, will stop by and bring you his UO game balls. Balls are awarded to the Ducks offensive MVP Marcus Mariota, as well as defensive MVP Michael Clay. De’Anthony Thomas also earned special teams MVP.

Oregon beats Kansas State, wins second straight BCS game

Kelly recently led the Ducks to a Fiesta Bowl win. (Photo: Oregonlive.com/Thomas Boyd

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s big victory in the 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats. While there were more than enough things that could have distracted the Ducks against Kansas State, they burst out to a quick lead and never looked back as they defeated the Wildcats by a score of 35-17 to win their second straight BCS bowl game.

Five keys to the Oregon Ducks winning the Fiesta Bowl

Kenjon Barner

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox breaks down the keys to beating the Kansas State Wildcats in the Jan. 3 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The team must stick to the game plan. A big game from Kenjon Barner is a must, staying confident is crucial and winning the turnover margin is going to be important. Forcing Colin Klein to beat you with his arm is a big part of the strategy, and scoring a ton of points won’t hurt either.

Oregon Ducks to appear before NCAA infractions committee

Chip Kelly

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the NCAA ruling that will call the Oregon Ducks to a hearing about their involvement with Willie Lyles. The ruling that Oregon must undergo a hearing in front of head NCAA officials means that this process will likely become a two-year affair that has left those Duck fans in Eugene and around the world feeling a little extra anxiety this holiday season.

What can we expect from Oregon against Kansas State?

Chip Kelly ASU

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you some expectations for the 2013 Fiesta Bowl that will take place between the Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats. With their selection to the Fiesta Bowl the Ducks became the fourth team in BCS history to go to four straight BCS Bowls, an unprecedented number that goes to show how far the program has come and how high it has risen.

Arguing on behalf of the Oregon Ducks

Thomas Mariota Oregon Ducks

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s dashed hopes of making a BCS National Championship after their loss to Stanford. Oregon had its chance to get back to a BCS National Championship and unfortunately saw their hopes slip away when the Stanford Cardinal came into Autzen Stadium and crushed every Duck fans’ dreams. The Ducks lost their game on a controversial call that ended up leading to a Cardinal win.

Why Chip Kelly should remain with Ducks, not bolt for NFL

Chip Kelly ASU

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox makes a claim for Chip Kelly to remain with the team beyond the 2012 college football season. If Kelly stays, he has a chance to continue his legacy long into the future, especially with Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas in the backfield. He still has “unfinished business” at Oregon, and if he goes, there’s no guarantee he’ll build the same reputation as a football mastermind in the NFL.

The Ducks trample the Oregon St. Beavers in 2012 Civil War

De'Anthony Thomas Oregon Ducks Oregon State Beavers

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s victory over the Oregon State Beavers in the 116th Civil War. A close score at halftime combined with a Beaver touchdown to close up the score at 20-17 early in the third would quickly be quelled by the Ducks who scored 14 points in each of their last two quarters to hold reign over Reser.

Five things I’m expecting to see in the 2012 Civil War

Kenjon Barner

Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox breaks down what he expects to see from UO in the 2012 Civil War. The Civil War has been known to throw curve balls in the past, but a bounce-back performance from Oregon, a much closer game than last year and a fifth-straight win in the series are all things we should look for out of the Ducks. De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota and Kenjon Barner should all play well on offense.

Oregon Ducks vs. Stanford Cardinal: The aftermath, what went wrong?

Marcus Mariota Oregon Ducks

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox is here to bring us his What Went Wrong UO report. The Ducks’ offense had been one of the most elite all season, yet they struggled mightily in both the rushing and passing games against the Stanford Cardinal. Neither Kenjon Barner nor Marcus Mariota were able to play up to their own standards. The biggest problem, though? Kicking, kicking, kicking.

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