The 2013 Civil War: “Must Watch” TV

Sean Mannion and Marcus Mariota should combine for one heck of a showdown,

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the 2013 Civil War between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers and explains why it is must-watch TV. At this point in the college football season, neither UO nor OSU is where they wanted to be. This game is about bragging rights, but it’s also about salvaging the year. Having players like De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota, Sean Mannion, Brandin Cooks, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner on the field doesn’t hurt, either.

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.

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.

Civil War or Apple Cup? Which rivalry means more?

Civil War

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Apple Cup and Civil War and which one would be the one to tune into. Steeped in northwest tradition of providing you with great football games, both rivalry contests certainly have their own appeal to them, and tradition. Pitting Washington against Washington State, the Apple Cup has a storied tradition of having two of college football’s semi-traditional programs go head-to-head in contests that potentially decide conference champions.

Who could unseat the Ducks as the Pac-12 standard?

Oregon has been the standard of Pac-12 excellence in recent years.

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you five teams he thinks could potentially unseat the Ducks as the standard of Pac-12 football. Arizona State, Washington, and UCLA all seem to be on the outside looking in, but they definitely have the potential to become the top programs in the Conference of Champions. USC and Stanford appear to be the main contenders to supplant the Ducks.

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.

Five Oregon State Beavers to keep your eyes on for 2013

Civil War Football Game at Reser Stadium

NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Jason Hartzog brings us his top five players to watch in the 2013 season for the Beavers. At every position on the field the Beavs have an anchor, but there will still be some work for them if they want to keep up with Oregon and Stanford in the Pac-12 North. Check out who Jason picked, and hit him up in the comments if you agree or disagree.

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