I was at the game today and of course was disappointed. Overall I think we got beaten by a better team. Riley was really accurate with his passing giving them a very balanced and potent offense. They have great skill position players and great speed and when executing as well as they did today I think they are one of the best offensive teams in the country. I don't know what happened in their last two games, but today they looked like the team that had been ranked #6 in the country. At this point their offense is much better than our offense, and that's ultimately the difference in the game.
I don't agree with this idea of some kind of lack of consistent effort by our players. College players play one game a week and I think are tremendously motivated and give it their all on every play. I think there were some bright spots for us today. The offense was much better at moving the ball and scoring touchdowns, and the offensive line gave Kevin Prince much better protection. The defense was much better in the second half holding Javid Best to -10 yards and not giving up any big plays. It was big plays that killed us in the first half. And that last interception was a killer, and we were still in the game up till that point.
We still lack a consistent running game, and I'm not that impressed with the play of our receivers who have trouble getting open and haven't been consistent in catching balls. We can't get too discouraged and have to keep in mind the quality of the teams we've lost to and the overall quality of our conference this year. Oregon and Cal are two of the most talented offensive teams in the country, and there are nine good teams in our conference this year.
Arizona is going to be tough too. Other than that fluke off the foot interception at Washington their only loss was by 10 to highly ranked Iowa on the road. I think they are playing like a top 25 calibre team, and we're going to have to play really well to beat them, but I think we definitely have a chance to do so. There's still a lot of season left.