This weekend is one of the best nights for all college football fans but, fans need to be aware that there is an early-bird special on Friday. This Friday, Pac-12 rivals square off for the biggest prize in their conference. No. 4 Washington and No. 6 Oregon football take to the field in the bright lights of Las Vegas.
During their last matchup, it was apparent that there was no love lost. With the last clash in Seattle, two of the best players in college football dueled it out and no one should be surprised when these two titans throw haymakers against one another again.
These two titans are Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix. Vegas needs to be ready for these heavyweights “when the bell rings” in Allegiant Stadium.
Now let’s talk about why fans should expect the Oregon Ducks and Nix will walk out of Vegas with the Pac-12 title.
3. Dan Lanning’s creative mind
In the history of these rivals, there have been coaches and players who left these teams to join the other. One of the best minds in college football, Dan Lanning, could be a big difference-maker in this game. Lanning, in the last matchup, went for a touchdown rather than going for a field goal on fourth down but fans like seeing confidence from coaches in their players to do those types of plays.
Knowing this, Washington will try to exploit by having former staff of Lannings’ to see what would happen. College football is a chess game with all the transfers and staff changes but Lanning from being a former teacher knows how to change or draw something up on the fly.
Lanning already demonstrated his way of drawing his opponents off guard with one being against “overhyped” Colorado Buffaloes with a fake punt.
The Oregon head coach demonstrated that when a team or coach talks down on his squad like the Buffaloes did before the game.
Lanning has the best team anyone could ask for and don’t be surprised that he draws a trick play to throw off the Huskies to gain momentum on the offensive and defensive ends. The Ducks and Lanning have always gone for the big plays and it doesn’t matter the downs.
This year, the Ducks have a 71 percent success rate with converting on fourth downs. Lanning will always look for a play that could help on the spot and maybe fail but, Ducks fans know that they are witnessing a coach that is willing to go big to provide the best product on the field.