Riley says Pac-12 tough but conference not best
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.