News broke yesterday (at the time of the recording) about four schools, apparel companies, and players, that are involved in bribery and other possible financial crimes. Ifo Bomaye and I talk about the implications of what the investigation means, the role of bag men, and what it could mean for Oregon.
Obviously, we move on to the Arizona State game, which was not chill. Arizona State exposed a lot of the weaknesses that Oregon had. The Sun Devils’ identity was a bad matchup on paper, especially when there was a clear lack of execution by Oregon. I feel that the team was unprepared in a lot of ways. However, there is a lot of praise for how the coaches adjusted in the game, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Ifo Bomaye and I discussed some of the weaknesses last week but we go over them again and how Oregon can fix those this next week.
We finish discussing Cal and how they are exceeding expectations this year. Cal looks like how I thought Oregon State would do this year. They have rough first halves followed by great second halves. Their quarterback is turnover prone and their defense ranks near the bottom of the country in terms of defensive efficiency, but they are a challenging team that will certainly give the Ducks more of a run for their money than the Vegas point spread indicates.