Opening up the college football season against the defending national champions is never an easy task.
Doing it with a new head coach, new coordinators, a new quarterback, and new starters in the running back room, wide receiver room, and the secondary is especially challenging, even if the talent level at each of those spots is excellent.
So it’s no surprise to see the Oregon Ducks head into the Chick-Fil-A kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as betting underdogs. However, new head coach Dan Lanning is entirely unconcerned by the perception of sportsbooks…or really anyone for that matter.
“We don’t really bother ourselves with the opinions of others,” Lanning told reporters on Monday. “Nobody in Vegas is gonna play in this game. Our players are gonna play in the game so we know what everyone thinks of our team and that’s okay by us. Our goal is to go out there and play the best game we can possibly play. But that’s gonna have zero effect on this game. The opinions of others are not going to matter.”
Considering the amount of emotion that goes into a regular college football season opener, and considering the added aspect of playing your former team, who is ranked No. 3 in the nation and coming off a championship, it’s easy to see why Vegas betting lines are about the last thing on Lanning’s mind this week.
Oregon and Georgia are set to kick off their respective seasons at 12:30 PM PT on Saturday.