The stage on which unbeaten Cal and undefeated Utah found themselves Saturday night was an unfamiliar one. ESPN’s College GameDay show pulled into Salt Lake City for the first time in years. The Golden Bears are looking to go 6-0 to start a season for the first time since 1950, the Utes looking to go 5-0 for the first time since 2010. Add in Pac-12 and College Football Playoff implications, and this is a huge game given any metric you can utilize.
Given what’s at stake, you’d expect some nerves. And nerves, and turnovers, are exactly what a national television audience received.
First and foremost, Utah was able to overcome their missteps and take a 24-17 lead into halftime. As has been intimated, though, turnovers were the overriding theme of the first two quarters.
All told, the two teams combined for seven turnovers. The decided “advantage” in that category, much to their chagrin, went to the Bears as they were responsible for five of them, which included four Jared Goff first-half interceptions.
The final two Goff picks were particularly penalizing for Cal as Utah turned them into a pair of touchdowns. A 54-yard touchdown pass from Travis Wilson, responsible for two interceptions himself, snapped a 10-10 tie late in the second quarter coming off the third pick, with the fourth pick on the ensuing possession leading to a Devontae Booker four-yard touchdown run with 1:47 remaining to push that lead out to 24-10.
Goff was able to shake off the most picks thrown by an FBS quarterback in a half this season as he directed the Bears on a late scoring drive to pull his team right back into the game. In 1:21 of game time, Goff orchestrated a seven-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown pass that shaved the deficit to 24-17.
Utah, incidentally, will get the ball first to start the second half.
This is certainly an unexpected — and significant — loss for the Marshall football team.
According to multiple media outlets, Isaiah Green has left the Thundering Herd and entered his name into the NCAA transfer database. The quarterback’s name is no longer listed on the Marshall football roster that’s available online.
Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.
As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.
NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.
If the move is permanent, it’s a significant one for Marshall football.
Green was a three-star member of the Class of 2017 for the Thundering Herd. The Fairburn, Ga., product took a redshirt as a true freshman.
The past two seasons, Green has started 22 of the 23 games in which he played. Included in that were starts in all 13 games in 2019. In that action, Green completed 56.5 percent of his 666 passes for 4,897 yards, 30 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He’s also added another 416 yards and six scores on 159 carries.
With Green apparently out of the picture, Grant Wells Will Likely take over. Wells didn’t attempt a pass last season as a true freshman.
Marshall is coming off an 8-5 campaign in Doc Holliday‘s 10th season with the football program. Included in that was a Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl loss that ended the Herd’s bowl winning streak at seven straight.
While all of the focus is on the 2020 season — and rightly so — Florida State and Notre Dame are peeking ahead to the following campaign.
Back in 2014, as part of the football independent’s scheduling agreement with the ACC, it was announced that Notre Dame and Florida State would square off on Sept. 6 of 2021. That just happens to be the date on which Labor Day falls next season.
Tuesday, however, the Seminoles confirmed that the game versus the Fighting Irish has instead been shifted to Sept. 5. That’s the Sunday before the holiday and the day after the first full weekend of the 2021 football season. At this point, it’s unclear exactly why the date of the game was changed.
The game, which will be played in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium, is expected to be played in primetime. A time and television network will be announced at a later date.
Florida State and Notre Dame have met nine times previously, with the first coming in 1981. The most recent meeting was in 2018. The most famous of the nine? The 1993 matchup that saw No. 2 Notre Dame knock off No. 1 Florida State in South Bend.
The Seminoles have won six of the nine meetings in the series. In four of those matchups, both teams were ranked in the Top Ten.
It appears TCU has landed one of the more intriguing football transfers on the market.
Following a late-June conversation with the LSU coaching staff, Marcel Brooks entered his name into the NCAA transfer database. It was thought at the time that the Lone Star State native would likely head back closer to home.
Tuesday, that’s close to becoming a reality as 247Sports.com is reporting that Brooks will transfer into the TCU football team. In fact, according to the website, the linebacker was on campus Tuesday and “will be able to start working out with the team as soon as he passes a physical.”
Thus far, the TCU football program has not confirmed Brooks’ addition to the roster.
It’s expected Brooks will have to sit out the 2020 season to satisfy current NCAA bylaws. That would then leave him with three years of eligibility starting in 2021 to use with the Horned Frogs.
Brooks was a five-star member of the LSU football Class of 2019. The Flower Mound, Tex., native was rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country. He was also the No. 5 prospect regardless of position in the state of Texas. The only two signees in the Tigers’ class that year rated higher? Freshman All-American cornerback Derek Stingley and running back John Emery.
As a true freshman, Brooks appeared in 11 games in the run to the national championship. He was credited with eight tackles and 1½ sacks.
The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation. Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life. Hopefully.
That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.
So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 15, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.
(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football down-time, leave your suggestions in the comments section. Mailbag, maybe?)
THE HEADLINE: Lincoln Riley: Jalen Hurts must win starting job at Oklahoma
THE SYNOPSIS: In a stunning turn of events, the Alabama transfer did just that. And finished second in the voting for the 2019 Heisman Trophy.
THE HEADLINE: Ryan Leaf joins ESPN’s roster of college football analysts
THE SYNOPSIS: This was the latest step in the former Washington State quarterback turning his life around. Less than a year later, however, Leaf was arrested on a domestic battery charge.
THE HEADLINE: Kentucky gets in on offering scholarship to middle schoolers in a big way
THE SYNOPSIS: I don’t care who does it, this is creepy. Still.
THE HEADLINE: USC to name starting QB two weeks before opener vs. Alabama
THE SYNOPSIS: Max Browne ultimately won the job… and held onto for all of three games. Sam Darnold took over in September of that season, and went on to be a high first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Browne, meanwhile, transferred to Pitt in December of 2016.
THE HEADLINE: Michigan’s Nike deal easily surpasses every other public FBS school
THE SYNOPSIS: That 11-year, $169 million deal was subsequently surpassed by UCLA’s 15-year, $280 million apparel agreement with Under Armour. That deal, though, is currently hanging by a thread.
THE HEADLINE: The best lines from Steve Spurrier’s SEC media day press conference
THE SYNOPSIS: Talkin’ season always brings out the best in the Ol’ Ball Coach. To wit: “It’s a shame that Texas and Texas A&M don’t play anymore. I think that’s sad. Florida plays Florida State. We play Clemson.”
THE HEADLINE: New records release shows Jim Tressel had history of compliance issues
THE SYNOPSIS: This wasn’t exactly a stunning development, given the circumstances that led up to the Sweatervest’s Memorial Day “resignation” at Ohio State two months prior. Or Pryor, as the NCAA case may be.