Oregon football is facing a huge matchup on Wednesday evening as it faces Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl. It’s time to get bold.
The Mario Cristobal era is officially over and Oregon football will be playing their first game in years without him on the sidelines against Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
While the Ducks hired Dan Lanning, he won’t be at the game because he’ll be busy preparing for Georgia’s Orange Bowl on Dec. 31. The Ducks will be relying on an interim coach but there’s still plenty to play for in the Alamo Bowl including pride and momentum for 2022.
What could happen on Wednesday night at the Alamodome?
3. Byron Cardwell rushes for over 100 yards
I’ve said earlier this week that I believe that Byron Cardwell is fighting for the starting running back job for next season against Oklahoma and I truly believe that. Travis Dye is going to get his share of the carries, but I think Cardwell is trying to be that feature back in 2022 and beyond.
We still have no idea what the future holds for CJ Verdell or Dye, but with a big Alamo Bowl performance, Dan Lanning will have to watch and consider starting the young back in 2022.
Oklahoma has the No. 23 run defense in the country so it’s not going to be easy, but I think the Ducks will open some running lanes for him and he’ll have a big game, putting up over 100 yards for just the second time in his young career.
This is going to give him some confidence heading into the offseason and into his sophomore year.