Coach Dana Holgorsen said that while Smith didn't have any physical fatigue, a recent bye week came at a good time for the quarterback.
Holgorsen reiterated this week that Smith took too much blame for the 55-14 loss to Kansas State, one of the worst home losses in school history.
"He needs to handle the loss a little bit better,'' Holgorsen said. "There are a whole bunch of people that play in the game, and coaches that are involved in the game. So there are a whole lot of people that can accept responsibility for the game, whether it's good or bad. He's not responsible for a loss.''
But Spavital pointed out Smith is quick to fall on the sword after a loss because it comes natural.
"That's just him,'' Spavital said. "He's the quarterback, and he has that whole persona of 'If I lose, I'll take all the blame.' ''
Smith quickly dismissed Holgorsen's notions, claiming that although he is always inward looking after a loss, he never loses perspective of the bigger picture.
"Dana knows that I'm my own biggest critic and I'm always going to be hard on myself,'' Smith said. "I think he understands that it's just my competitive nature and I'm never going to be hard on myself to the point where I would lose confidence.
"No one man can win or lose a game. But as the quarterback, I control a lot of what's going on out on the field, which is why I'm so hard on myself - because I want to win them all.''