Gary Andersen says speed separates PAC-12 from Big Ten

Speed kills. It seems that former Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has already found that out at Oregon State. He was sure to let his former conference know that when he and the Beavers to the stage at the PAC-12 Media Days on Friday.

College Football Talk reported that Andersen was asked about what separates the two conferences. He really had a simple answer, but it also seemed to take a shot at the Big Ten.

“Well, the speed,” Andersen said. “If you want to talk about something that is different. This is without question, and I’m looking from afar through a TV screen or a big jumbo screen we have in the offices that we watch film from and on the TV.

That seems straigtforward and harmless enough. But, Andersen continued.

“[T]his league has what we like to call juice,” Andersen continued. “It is fast. There are a lot of guys that make one mistake and you’re going to pay the price quickly. On the defensive side it is the same way. There are elite pass rushers that are fast and quick. There are linebackers that can run on the back end that I believe can make up for a lot of problems that — it’s hard to solve with a pen in your hand, but genetics take over and make you some special plays.”

Andersen only spent two seasons with the Badgers before leaving for Corvallis. Before coaching the Badgers, he coached the Utah State Aggies. Between those two stints he only faced two PAC-12 schools. The Aggies faced Utah in 2012 and the Badgers faced Arizona State the following season.

If anyone knows about speed in the PAC-12, it is Andersen.

The Beavers take the field on September 4 when they host Weber State.

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Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten media day