Five positions Oregon needs to upgrade in 2013

Boseko Lokombo will look to step into an even bigger role in 2013 for the Ducks.

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the positions the Ducks need to upgrade in 2013 for an even better season than their last. All of the players that needed to have big years had impressive statistics, and Oregon looks as though it is built to contend for a Pac-12 and National Title in the coming years. That does not mean, however, that there are not a few positions that the Ducks must improve…

Offseason Objectives for Mark Helfrich to improve Oregon

Helfrich

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the improvements the Oregon DUcks need to make as they head into the 2013 college football season. There is no doubt that Oregon has the talent to contend for a BCS National Championship next year. Marcus Mariota is coming off an unbelievable first-year at quarterback, De’Anthony Thomas will step into a bigger role on offense, and Oregon’s secondary looks like it will continue to be one of the best in the Pac-12.

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.

Oregon St. Beavers vs. Oregon Ducks: What went wrong for OSU?

Markus Wheaton Civil War

During any losing week, NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers football blogger Rick Stella will stop by and bring you his What Went Wrong With The Beavs piece. What transpired last Saturday afternoon was 2 and a half quarters of close football, before Oregon began to unload their typical 2nd half offense and pulled away from the Beavers with ease. Finishing off the Beavers by a score of 48-24, the Ducks reigned supreme yet again in the 116th edition of the Civil War football game.

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.