I was just thinking while watching Oregon St. put up 36 points against USC how good the offenses are this year in the Pac 10. And that is on the road against what everyone says is one of the very best defenses in the country. Meanwhile at the time of this writing Stanford has scored 24 points and gained 299 yards in the first half against what was a highly touted Arizona St. defense.
I think we're a little too critical of our defense. You're just not going to shut down the kind of explosive offenses we have this year in the Pac 10, and the only way you're going to be able to compete with the better teams in the Pac 10 is to have an offense yourself that can put up a lot of points. And we just don't have that this year.
It's a pretty good bet that next week we're going to have to put up at least 25-30 points on the board to have a chance to win at Oregon St. And if we don't and we lose I don't think you can blame the defense. Nobody is saying USC's defense is weak or played a bad game by giving up 36 points, and that's because their offense put up 42 and they won the game.
I don't want to be defeatist, because I still think we have a real chance of winning three more games, but maybe we just don't have the personnel yet on offense or at least the personnel with enough experience. Our offensive line is still mediocre, and the quarterback play and receivers have performed below par.
I think a realistic goal this year is to win three more games and improve significantly on offense. I have a feeling we will feel better about our team after we play Arizona St. and Washington.