With the 2021 Alamo Bowl in the books, Oregon football is officially kicking off the Dan Lanning era in Eugene. And this is a good thing.
With the Alamo Bowl officially in the books, Oregon football fans have traded in their Duck gear for Georgia gear — for at least one day — as new head coach Dan Lanning leads the Bulldogs’ defense against Michigan in the Orange Bowl with a national title game berth on the line.
Oregon fans are rooting for Lanning to succeed and coach Georgia to a national title because what recruits wouldn’t want to come play for a coach who’s won it all?
Lanning winning a national championship as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator would not only make recruiting even easier in Eugene, but it would help the current roster buy in. He’s already considered one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators, but shutting down Michigan and potentially Alabama en route to a title would be huge.
Since Duck fans are rooting heavily for Lanning to win it all, it’s official: the Lanning era has officially begun in Eugene.
And that’s a good thing.
While Mario Cristobal experienced a ton of success in Eugene, including a couple of Pac-12 titles, he left the program high-and-dry for Miami and Lanning seems committed to building Oregon back to an elite level. He’s all-in with Oregon and Duck fans should feel the same about him.
Oregon had a disappointing 2021 season following a huge win over Ohio State back in September, losing three of the final four games of the year. The Ducks lost to Utah twice in blowout fashion and then by 15 to Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl. This program needed the reset button.
Now that the Alamo Bowl is over, the reset button has been hit, and it’s time to be all-in on the new head coach as the Lanning era has officially (thankfully) begun.