Brent Venables, Dan Lanning. Good Luck. Win Now. 22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 13

Oklahoma’s Brent Venables and Oregon’s Dan Lanning are two of the most interesting new head coaches, mostly because they have to win right away.

22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 13: Brent Venables and Dan Lanning are new head coaches expected to win immediately. No pressure.


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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022

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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers
15. Big 12: Get bigger and stronger, or else
14. Big Ten expansion. NOW what does it do?

13. Oklahoma’s Brent Venables and Oregon’s Dan Lanning. Welcome. Now WIN.

Dan Lanning will turn 36 when he coaches his first game as the head man for the Oregon Ducks. New Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables is 51.

They might be from slightly different eras, but beyond being new first time head coaches at Power Five programs they have one other key thing in common.

They aren’t about to get the slightest bit of a grace period.

There are other first time head coaches at Power Five programs – Joey McGuire at Texas Tech, Tony Elliott at Virginia, Brent Pry at Virginia Tech, and Mike Elko at Duke – but no one’s expecting anything too massive right out of the gate from those four.

No pressure, Coach Lanning and Coach Venables – just have massive seasons and win your respective conference championships.

Oh, and by the way Coach Lanning, as your welcoming present you get to kickoff your career against Georgia in Atlanta on September 3rd.

The opener might be tough, but the rest of the schedule isn’t all that bad in a relatively down Pac-12 North. As long as the Ducks can avoid the flaky loss – like last year against Stanford – they should be able to roll with the pieces still around and QB Bo Nix coming in to help the cause.

The Big 12 should be stronger, but Oklahoma has the parts to rise back up and be better than the 2021 version – with a little tweaking – and getting UTEP to start should help. The Sooners are used to reloading after losing key parts, and now there’s a new vision and a new style.

But can the new guys not only keep the momentum going, but improve things right away?

You never quite know what you’re going to get with new head coaches in big opportunities.

I wrote a big piece a few years ago wondering why and how Oklahoma could hand the keys over to this Lincoln Riley kid when it could’ve brought in almost any head coach it wanted.

I’ll fully admit that I had no clue Sam Pittman was head coaching material when he took over the Arkansas job, and I just assumed that Kirby Smart was going to be yet another great coordinator who’d underwhelm once he got a job like the Georgia gig.

And yeah, when it comes to the veterans, I thought Chip Kelly would turn UCLA into a national powerhouse in a hurry. On a grander scale, I will hang my head in shame for thinking Urban Meyer would do for the Jacksonville Jaguars what Jimmy Johnson did for the Dallas Cowboys – fully wearing that one.

But Venables and Lanning aren’t just supposed to rebuild, or even keep the status quo. Oklahoma and Oregon didn’t win their respective conference championships last year. They didn’t get to the College Football Playoff, and neither one won the national title.

Just start by setting the reasonable goal at winning the conference championship for each of these two.

No pressure.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers
15. Big 12: Get bigger and stronger, or else
14. Big Ten expansion. NOW what does it do?

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Pac-12 Spring Version 2022

Pac-12 spring football rankings and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

Pac-12 college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s almost like the Pac-12 took a year off to get ready for what’s coming.

Washington certainly took a break, Stanford went to sleep after a decent start, and USC all but put out the Not Interested sign after the season was blown up  with the early firing of Clay Helton.

Arizona is improving – last year was likely a step back to take a big leap forward, even if it’s still going to take another season or so.

UCLA showed glimpses of getting stronger, Oregon State and Washington State had some fun, and Utah got to the top of the Pac-12 mountain.

This year, though, the conference looks like it’s going to improve all the way around before all the things are in place to blast off in 2023.

Lincoln Riley at USC, Oregon settling in with Dan Lanning, Washington about to crank up the O with Kalen DeBoer – the Pac-12 is going to be fun.

Where to the 12 teams appear to be this spring? How good are they?

The Pac-12 spring rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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NFL Draft Best Picks of All-Time From Every Pac-12 School

Who are the Pac 12’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each Pac 12 program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from each of the Pac-12 programs. Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


USC is as good as anyone when it comes to cranking out historic NFL draft picks, and the Pac-12 overall isn’t bad, but some programs are shockingly light.

Who were the best draft picks ever from the Pac-12 programs?

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the Pac-12 schools – these are the best draft picks.

If a player had a great run for someone other than the team that drafted him, he gets knocked down a peg, or isn’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters.

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Oregon vs Colorado College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview, Lines, How To Watch

Oregon vs Colorado prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday.

Oregon vs Colorado prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 10


Oregon vs Colorado Game Preview, Pac-12 Tournament How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 10
Game Time: 5:30 ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: Oregon (19-13), Colorado (20-10)
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College Basketball Predictions: Conference Tournament Picks, Wednesday

College basketball picks, predictions, and what will happen for the Wednesday conference tournament games.

College basketball picks, predictions, and what will happen for the Wednesday conference tournament games.


College Basketball Predictions: Wednesday

What’s going to happen and who’ll win all the college basketball conference tournament games on Wednesday? Click for full previews and predictions for the biggest games, but for all of the rest, here’s a quick look at what will happen along with the picks and lines.

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USC vs Oregon Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

USC vs Oregon prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

USC vs Oregon prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 26


USC vs Oregon How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 26
Game Time: 10:00 pm ET
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: USC (24-4), Oregon (18-10)
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USC vs Oregon Game Preview


Why USC Will Win

The Trojans are much, much better than they looked and played in the double-overtime win over an Oregon State team that – as we speak – has three wins this season.

The USC defense couldn’t seem to stop anything the Beavers tried to do, the offense didn’t have any luck from three, and again, that’s not what this team is normally about.

The threes are hit or miss, but the defense is usually amazing at holding things down on the outside and it’s outstanding on the boards.

Oregon doesn’t come up with enough rebounds, it’s not good enough on the offensive line, and now it’s getting a USC team that’s going to be well motivated to come up with a good performance.

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Why Oregon Will Win

The Ducks are strong at home, coming up with the game it absolutely had to have with a 68-63 win over UCLA.

They’re not perfect, but the defense picked a great time to come up with one of its best performances of the season – especially guarding from three – and it has to do it all again.

Washington State went off on USC from three and almost pulled off a win. Oregon State hit 50% from the outside, and now it’s up to Oregon to be great from the outside.

It didn’t do much against UCLA, but it was on from the free throw line.

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What’s Going To Happen

This isn’t a dominant Oregon team at home, but it’s strong enough.

It all comes down to whether or not the offense can figure out how to solve a USC that’s about to play with a whole lot more intensity than it showed in Corvallis.

USC knows how to win on the road, but it’s been shaky. The D will be great, but Oregon will rise up in yet another game it needs to have. It won’t be quite as strong as it was against UCLA, but it’ll hold on late by once again doing a great job on the free throw line.

USC vs Oregon Prediction, Lines

Oregon 71, USC 68
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 4

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UCLA vs Oregon Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

UCLA vs Oregon prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday.

UCLA vs Oregon prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, February 24


UCLA vs Oregon How To Watch

Date: Thursday, February 24
Game Time: 9:30 ET
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: UCLA (20-5), Oregon (17-10)
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Why UCLA Will Win

Oregon has been struggling lately losing three of its last four because it’s not shooting well enough.

The O has been bad, but the D has been worse with Cal, Arizona, and Arizona State combining to hit around 53% from the field in those three defeats. The O, though, has to be able to keep up, and it can’t, especially from three.

UCLA has been able to right the ship after its own run of three losses in the last four games thanks to a defense that’s shutting everything down. No one has been able to get to 60 points on the Bruins over the last three games, but …

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Why Oregon Will Win

UCLA’s defense has been outstanding at home, but it had issues on the road before that.

No, Oregon isn’t USC or Arizona, but it’s been feisty at home. It doesn’t turn the ball over or make a ton of big mistakes in Eugene, and lately it’s shooting well at home – even if there have been problems overall on the road.

The Ducks are 16-3 when they get to 42% from the field. That includes the overtime thriller of a win over UCLA back in mid-January.

How did they do it? They were brilliant defensively in key stretches, did a little more on the line, and they held down UCLA from three.

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What’s Going To Happen

UCLA doesn’t take a ton of shots from deep, but they’ve been on lately with ten of them made against both Washington and Washington State. It’s not going to come up with double-digit threes against the Ducks, but it’s going to make them worry.

Can Oregon keep the score low enough to have a shot? UCLA will be cold just enough in key spots for the Ducks to to survive in a second straight thriller between the two.

UCLA vs Oregon Prediction, Lines

Oregon 68, UCLA 66
Line: UCLA -3, o/u: 138.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 4

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Arizona vs Oregon Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Arizona vs Oregon prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday

Arizona vs Oregon prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 19


Arizona vs Oregon How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 19
Game Time: 10:00 pm ET
Venue: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
How To Watch: EPSN
Record: Arizona (23-2), Oregon (17-9)
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Why Oregon Will Win

It’s been a rough run lately, but the Ducks haven’t been all that bad from the field this season. It’s not going to bomb away from three, but it can work the ball inside, it’s not bad at forcing mistakes, and it’s been decent at guarding the three.

It has to slow things down a wee bit and can’t get into a rebounding battle, but as long as the offense is hitting at least 41% from the field, it’s got a shot.

Oregon is 11-1 in the last 12 games when it makes 41% or more of its shots, and it’s 0-2 when it doesn’t. However …

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Why Arizona Will Win

Oregon can’t hit anything from three lately and it’s getting killed on the boards.

Washington State was about to come up with 18 offensive rebounds, Utah had 13, and now the Ducks have to deal with the best rebounding team in college basketball.

Arizona is the best team in college basketball. It might not be ranked that way, but it’s playing at the highest all-around level.

No one comes up with more assists per game, no one generates more rebounds, and only two teams score more. The Cats are hitting everything from the field, the three are good enough, and rebounds, rebounds, rebounds.

And …

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What’s Going To Happen

Just forget about getting Arizona at home right now.

USC lost by nine, and that’s as close as anyone has come all year to the Wildcats in McKale.

Oregon is a decent road team, but it won’t shoot well enough and it won’t come up with enough rebounds. It’ll take a perfect game for the Ducks to pull this off, and it won’t be able to do it.

Arizona vs Oregon Prediction, Lines

Arizona 81, Oregon 65
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 3

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Oregon Football Schedule 2022: 3 Things To Know

Oregon football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Oregon football schedule 2022: Who does Oregon miss on the Pac-12 schedule and what are 3 things to know?


Oregon Football Schedule 2022

Sept 3 Georgia (in Atlanta)

Sept 10 Eastern Washington

Sept 17 BYU

Sept 24 at Washington State

Oct 1 Stanford

Oct 8 at Arizona

Oct 15 OPEN DATE

Oct 22 UCLA

Oct 29 at Cal

Nov 5 at Colorado

Nov 12 Washington

Nov 19 Utah

Nov 25 at Oregon State

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Oregon Football Schedule What To Know: Who do the Ducks miss from the Pac-12 South Division?

There’s no complaining about the Pac-12 schedule with one of the road trips at Arizona, another at Colorado, and with defending conference champion Utah and UCLA having to come to Eugene – and the date with the Bruins coming off a week off. That means they’re missing Arizona State and USC – that’s not a bad deal.

From the North, the road games are at Cal, Oregon State, and Washington State. Again, there’s no complaint there – Washington is a home game – but there are five conference road games.

Oregon Football Schedule What To Know: Dan Lanning, welcome to Oregon

You’ll have to forgive the new coaching staff for being a wee bit grouchy about what it’s walking into with the non-conference schedule.

Lanning gets to go against the Georgia program he’s coming from, Eastern Washington’s offense is always a pain, and dealing with BYU isn’t going to be a layup. That’s all before diving into Pac-12 play.

Oregon Football Schedule What To Know: What does it all really mean?

The non-conference slate isn’t easy, but the top Pac-12 games are at home. The second half of the season is sneaky-tough, but that October 15th week off is perfectly timed and the team doesn’t have to leave the state of Oregon after November 5th.

It’s tough enough to all but forget about a trip to the College Football Playoff, but missing USC and Utah is everything in the battle to get back to the Pac-12 Championship.

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Oklahoma vs Oregon: Valero Alamo Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Oklahoma vs Oregon: Valero Alamo Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

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Oklahoma vs Oregon: Valero Alamo Bowl How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, December 29
Game Time: 9:15 pm ET
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
How To Watch: ESPN Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Oklahoma (10-2), Oregon (10-3)

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Oklahoma vs Oregon Valero Alamo Bowl Preview

At least as things projected out in mid-November, this could’ve been a College Football Playoff matchup. Even though a few key losses prevented that from happening, this had the potential to be one of the better bowl matchups between two top ten caliber teams.

Now, it’s a game between whoever shows up.

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal left to take the Miami job, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley bolted for USC just minutes after the loss to Oklahoma State, several players from both sides are either opting out, transferring, or rumored to be doing one or the other, and there’s a whole lot of uncertainty as both programs go through a transition period.

That doesn’t mean it can’t and won’t be fun, and it starts with Oklahoma legend Bob Stoops stepping in to take over for this while new head man Brent Venables gets comfortable. Oregon will utilize Bryan McClendon before new head man Dan Lanning takes over whenever Georgia’s season is done – he’s currently the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator.

The time off should do Oregon a whole lot of good. That was a beaten and banged up team in the Pac-12 Championship loss to Utah. It’ll be able to run the ball, the defense – even with star pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux off to the NFL – has plenty of talent around, and the team should look and play fresher than it was at the end of the year.

Oklahoma led the Big 12 in total offense and should be versatile enough to keep things moving with speed and efficiency. However, the secondary and defense that were ripped up a bit too often might have its hands full.

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