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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Important notes heading into Oregon spring camp

Oregon's uniforms might be a bit out there, but if you're a fan, you love them all.

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the upcoming Oregon football spring camp that will begin on April 2. Coming off a year that saw them narrowly miss an opportunity to appear in the BCS National Championship game for the second time in three years–after suffering a loss to Stanford in overtime after the Cardinal tied it up on a controversial touchdown–and their second-straight BCS Bowl win, many may believe that the Oregon football program would be in a state of flux without Kelly.

PAC 12 Northwest teams’ players with early 2014 Heisman odds

Thomas Mariota Oregon Ducks

NWSB Insider Brant Knox breaks down which NW Pac-12 players will enter the 2013 college football season with a chance to win the Heisman Trophy. Keith Price of the Washington Huskies and Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas of the Oregon Ducks are the pre-season favorites out of the Northwest. Thomas Tyner of the Ducks is an honorable mention, as the Heisman Pundit has listed him as a future candidate from the 2013 recruiting class.

Oregon Ducks’ top 5 commitments on 2013 National Signing Day

Tyree and Tyrell Robinson. Twinsies! (Photo Courtesy of fishduck.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the top-5 players that comprised Oregon’s 2013 recruiting class. While the Ducks could have seen a fallout in recruiting due to Chip Kelly’s departure, Oregon put together a very impressive class that was highlighted by Thomas Tyner and Torrodney Prevot, both who make this list.

Five reasons ‘The Sinking Chip’ in Eugene is good for UW

Chip Kelly, Oregon Ducks

NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies football blogger Chris Hall talks about why Chip leaving Eugene for Philadelphia is a welcome sight for all University of Washington fans. Chip Kelly and his staff were top-flight recruiters. You only needed to glance at their stud-filled recruiting classes every year, or notice how well they reloaded each season, to know this was true. Oregon was on the short list of every big time recruit in the pacific northwest and blue-chip players across the country.

Thomas Tyner shines as Ducks’ star recruit of 2013 class

Thomas Tyner

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox brings us a piece about University of Oregon Ducks recruit and Aloha High School running back Thomas Tyner shattering the Oregon high school football single-game rushing record, finishing with 644 yards and 10 touchdowns last week. Oregon has nine commits in their 2013 recruiting class and Tyner is ranked second on their list behind Dontre Wilson out of DeSoto, Texas.