ESPN making Dan Lanning state what Washington needs to do to win a championship is just cruel

Oregon head coach Dan Lanning (left) speaks during a VRBO Fiesta Bowl news conference
Oregon head coach Dan Lanning (left) speaks during a VRBO Fiesta Bowl news conference / Mark Henle/The Republic / USA TODAY

Oregon’s head coach Dan Lanning was a featured guest on ESPN’s College Gameday leading up to the CFP National Championship. Lanning’s Ducks faced and lost to Washington twice on the Huskies’ path to the championship game.

Lanning was asked how he could even stand watching the game after Oregon’s losses to UW.

“That’s the fuel,” Lanning replied. “That’s the fuel.”

The head coach was later asked what he thought of Washington’s lines and he shared just how tough he believes the team is on both sides of the ball.

Lanning discussed with the Gameday crew just how tough it can be to game plan against a versatile player like Michael Penix Jr.

“You gotta worry about the one you’re at right now,” Lanning said.

When asked what he expected out of the game, he said he was prepared to see “wrinkles on both sides of the ball…” and went on to talk about how he wouldn’t be surprised to see trick play by the Washington offense.

Oregon falling short of stopping Washington's plays this season, tricky or not? Tough.

Having Lanning say what Michigan and Washington need to do to bring home to the title? Brutal.

Had the CFP expanded to 12 teams a year early, the Ducks would have had a spot in the bracket and could have made their way to this very game.

Both Oregon and Washington will be joining Michigan in the Big 10 after this season and the Ducks will be playing against both in 2024.