California is the last remaining unbeaten team in the Pac-12 North after the developments of this past weekend. Sonny Dykes and his Bears are 2-0 following a nice win at home against San Diego State, in which the defense made some plays and took control of the game while Jared Goff put together one of many 300-yard performances to come this season. This week though Cal loses one wide receiver off the depth chart, as Erik Brown has reportedly decided to leave the program for personal reasons.
A redshirt freshman, Brown did not appear in either of Cal’s first two games. Though he has left the team, Brown will remain on scholarship and attend classes at Cal, according to a report from The San Francisco Gate. Brown was a four-star recruit in Cal’s Class of 2014 according to Rivals. There is no mention of a possibility of Brown returning to the Bears in the future, nor has there been a mention of a potential transfer. If Brown does choose to pursue a transfer at any point, he will be forced to sit out the 2016 season if he lands at another FBS program (he would be eligible right away at a lower division program).
This week Cal heads to Austin, Texas to take on the rebuilding Texas Longhorns. According to the folks at OddsShark, the Bears opened as a 1.5-point favorite and now are a 2.5-point favorite but one other outlet, 5Dimes, lists Cal as a touchdown favorite against the Longhorns. Think about that for a minute. Cal is a seven-point road favorite at Texas. Did you ever think you would see that kind of line in your life? Not even when Cal had players like Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch and DeSean Jackson was that kind of line fathomable. But such is life for the Longhorns it seems.