Teams like USC or tOSU can keep it conservative and based on talent can win more than lose. This has a backlash though. Most teams they play them, especially teams that have "no shot," will go with a very aggressive gameplay in an effort to win. IMO, that's why you see a lot of upsets in college ball with a big underdog beats a superior team. The downside is that they might get blown out versus keeping it "close." Now on to our buffs. Next year is going to be another tough year for us. If you were the head coach and thinking about the future what would you do: be aggressive against Oregon and USC and other teams that have more talent or try to keep it "close?" I'm not a fan of moral victories, but if we continue to keep getting blown out it has to hurt recruiting. However, if we never try to win we will never beat USC as 41 point underdogs ala Stanford and get JE a signature win unless our D just creates a ton of turnovers.