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.

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.

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

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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.

Ranking Oregon’s last 5 college football teams

Oregon downed the Cowboys in the 2008 Holiday Bowl. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson ranks the past five teams for the Oregon Ducks football program. Hiring a once unheralded offensive coordinator named Chip Kelly in 2007, Oregon burst onto scene with a spread offense that immediately became one of the most potent attacks in the nation. Continuing their path towards success in 2008, the Ducks began their streak of BCS Bowls in 2009 and have not looked back since. Clearly the last five years in Oregon football history have been some of its greatest.

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.

Oregon’s underrated players heading into 2013

Look for Johnstone to emerge in 2013. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about 5 underrated players on the Oregon Ducks’ football team heading into 2013. Now an annual college football powerhouse, the Ducks are once again loaded and primed for a run at the Pac-12 and BCS National Championship. Star players such as Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas, and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu give Oregon quite the potency on both offense and defense. Yet it is not just their efforts that will bring them to glory.

Must watch Ducks games in 2013

Can the Ducks continue to build their national brand in 2013? (Photo: oregonlive.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the top 5 games on Oregon’s schedule in 2013. While the schedule is riddled with high-profile contests and nationally televised games, none are more enticing than games against Tennessee, Washington, Stanford, Oregon State, and UCLA. Tennessee will become the first SEC in quite some time to make the trip to Autzen, signaling the first great game of 2013 for the Ducks.

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.

VIP: Offensive players for the Ducks in 2013

Byron Marshall should be huge for the Ducks in 2013. (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his 5 most important players on Oregon’s offense in 2013. Though Chip Kelly is now long-gone from the program and looking to build a solid career at the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ducks’ offense will remain essentially the same under new head coach Mark Helfrich. That doesn’t mean, however, that there won’t be some changes to Oregon’s offense in 2013

The Oregon Ducks could go undefeated in 2013

The Oregon Ducks extended their winning streak over the Huskies to nine games, an impressive mark for any rivalry. (Photo: sbnation.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson tells you why the Oregon Ducks football program has a very good chance at going undefeated in their next season. The Ducks football program, in recent years, has been the figurehead of college football in the northwest and Pac-12. While an undefeated season is a lofty goal for any college football program, Oregon could realistically achieve this feat in 2013.

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