Ramsey gets the boot, Marshall apologizes and USC loses a linebacker
Trojans' already delicate depth takes another hit
1. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said a couple of weeks ago that with only 67 scholarship players, he and his staff would be "cognizant of how many reps the guys are taking" in order to keep them healthy. It only takes one, right? Sophomore linebacker Jabari Ruffin's knee injury drops the scholarship count to 66 and leaves the Trojans with only four healthy linebackers with any experience. Junior weakside linebacker Anthony Sarao is working with all four special teams, which is an illustration of how thin USC remains as it climbs out of the probation hole.
2. Florida State opens against Oklahoma State at the same stadium where it would like to finish: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game. The Seminoles will play at USF in 2016, the season the championship game will be played in Tampa. But head coach Jimbo Fisher didn't plan it this way. Florida State agreed to both games several months before the Playoff awarded games to those sites. The 2015 season will end at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and no, Florida State isn't playing Arizona State.
3. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson, at the Big 12 forum in New York this past week, placed the full value of a Longhorn football scholarship at $69,000 per year -- tax-free. "If you add the taxes to that," Patterson said, "it puts you in about the top third of household incomes in the United States. If the fourth-string defensive lineman is getting the benefit of a top-third household income in the United States, I don't think they're doing all that poorly." Next year, add cost of attendance ($4,310 at Texas) and in two years, payment for use of name, image and likeness (a minimum of $5,000 in trust). That's exploitation?
Bitten By The Injury Bug
Oregon's Tyler Johnstone, who had started 26 consecutive games at left tackle, re-injured his ACL and will miss the 2014 season. Chantel Jennings takes a look at his replacement, a player with possibly the hardest name to pronounce and the most important job in college football: protecting Marcus Mariota.
Here are five other notable teams that have lost players to serious injuries this spring and summer. Some will miss the entire season; others are hopeful of returning at some point.
Auburn: Starting left guard Alex Kozan, a preseason All-SEC selection, will miss the entire season after suffering a back injury while lifting weights. The Tigers hope to get defensive end Carl Lawson back sometime this season. Lawson underwent surgery to repair his ACL in early May.
Oregon: In addition to Johnstone, the Ducks lost top returning receiver Bralon Addison to an ACL injury in April. Addison hopes to recover in time to return this season.
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers have lost two projected starters on defense to knee injuries -- middle linebacker Michael Rose and defensive back Charles Jackson. Running back Adam Taylor is out indefinitely after suffering a broken ankle.
USC: As if the Trojans didn't have enough depth problems, they've seen two key contributors on defense lost for the season due to knee injuries: linebacker Jabari Ruffin and defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow.
Miami: Senior quarterback Ryan Williams was the leading candidate to start for the Hurricanes before tearing his ACL in April. It's unclear if he'll recover in time to return this season.
College Football Road Trip
To prepare for the season, Rece Davis and Danny Kanell are visiting seven campuses in six days on their #BusBlitz college football tour. On Monday, the gang was in South Bend to spend the day with Notre Dame. Go behind the scenes with updates from their travels. Follow along