Oregon State's defense has been struggling this season, but the team remains confident that it has the ability to get better in a hurry.
The defense stepped up last week against Arizona State and linebacker Cameron Collins feels it is improving.
"I think we definitely made strides and that's something we've got to do every game is feeling more comfortable and pretty much play with our hair on fire," he said. "I think we definitely got after it on defense the last game and that's something we need to do every week."
Part of the problem for the Beavers is that they have faced three top ten opponents so far this season.
"I think we're all pretty grateful for the opportunity to play the type of opposition we've been playing," he said. "We all came to Oregon State to play the best and Coach Riley's given us that opportunity.
"The Pac-10 is a great conference; we're going to be facing great teams every week and it's another challenge were going to have to face so were just excited."
No matter who the opponent has been, the OSU defense has actually been relatively strong in the red zone.
"I think our d-line has been doing a great job at getting after the offensive lines when it really counts down there in the red zone giving our team the opportunity to hold the opposition to not score on the touchdown and I think it's really helped out," Collins said.
Now, Oregon State may be facing its toughest offensive opponent this season in Arizona.
"I think the University of Arizona is a great team," Collins said. "They've got a lot of weapons that are extremely well coached. They're in the top 10 for a reason and we're really excited for the opportunity to play them."
OSU defense working on improvement
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