Ri­ley says Pac-12 tough but con­fer­ence not best

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Ore­gon State coach Mike Ri­ley re­cently said the Pac-12 could be on the cusp of be­com­ing the sec­ond-best con­fer­ence in col­lege foot­ball. When Ri­ley was asked if he was im­ply­ing that the SEC was the best con­fer­ence, Longhorns coach Mack Brown said, “Big 12,” draw­ing some laughs.

“That’s why I said maybe,” Ri­ley said.

A re­porter then men­tioned Bay­lor’s 49-26 blowout of Pac-12 South Di­vi­sion cham­pion UCLA in the Hol­i­day Bowl. Bay­lor was the first Big 12 team to play in a bowl game.

“Yeah, bowl games are in­ter­est­ing and it all comes out,” Ri­ley said. “I think the pic­ture clar­i­fies, and that was very, very in­ter­est­ing, though.”

En­ter­ing Fri­day’s bowl games, the Pac-12 was 1-2. held the po­si­tion for five sea­sons at Texas be­fore re­plac­ing Bryan Harsin as the of­fense’s pri­mary play-caller. of­fenses and re­lies on a two-back pro-style of­fense fea­tur­ing mul­ti­ple sets and per­son­nel group­ings.

Con­se­quently, the Beavers staff thinks that makes them harder to pre­pare for.

“We’re not as much of a shot­gun team like a lot of teams,” of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Danny Langs­dorf said. “I think that makes it harder for other teams to pre­pare for and de­fend (us). Even though we’re not up-tempo, we run a lot of plays, and we were in the top two in the Pac12 in time of pos­ses­sion.”

OSU’s of­fense av­er­ages 40 passes and 33 runs a game and has been wildly ef­fi­cient in the red zone, scor­ing 90.6 per­cent of the time, which is tops in the Pac-12.

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