2015 California Golden Bears Football Team
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2015 California Golden Bears Football Team

2015 California Golden Bears football
California Golden Bears logo.svg
Armed Forces Bowl champion
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
2015 record8-5 (4-5 Pac-12)
Head coachSonny Dykes (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorTony Franklin (3rd season)
Offensive schemeBear Raid
Defensive coordinatorArt Kaufman (2nd season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,467)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
No. 19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
No. 17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bears were led by third-year head coach Sonny Dykes and played their home games at Memorial Stadium.

At the beginning of the season, Cal jumped out to a 5-0 start, their best since 2007.[1] In Week 3, the Bears traveled to Austin to defeat the Texas Longhorns 45-44, marking the program's first-ever victory over Texas.[2] The following week, Cal beat the Washington Huskies 30-24, Cal's first victory in Seattle since 2005, snapping a six-game losing streak to Washington.[3] Cal then went on to lose five of its next six games, including losses to rivals UCLA, USC, Oregon, and a 13-point loss to arch-rival Stanford.[4] But in a 54-24 win over the last place Oregon State Beavers, Cal gained a school-record of 760 yards, while becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011.[5] With a 48-46 win over Arizona State on Senior Day, Cal finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, clinching their first winning season since 2011.[6] They finished the year 8-5 including a 55-36 victory over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.[7] Nevertheless, at 4-5 Cal finished with a losing Pac-12 the record for the third time in three years. That year was also the last year for quarterback Jared Goff, leaving as a junior he was the starting quarterback for three years, beginning the same year as Dykes' initial season. During those three seasons he set 26 team records. Taken by the Los Angeles Rams Goff was the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft; he went on to lead the Rams to the 2019 Super Bowl. Following that season and due to academic and athletic improvements, Dykes' contract was extended until 2019.[8]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 52:00 p.m.Grambling State*P12NW 73-1460,606
September 122:00 p.m.San Diego State*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 35-750,830
September 197:30 p.m.at Texas*FOXW 45-4491,568
September 262:00 p.m.at WashingtonP12NW 30-2461,066
October 31:00 p.m.Washington StatedaggerNo. 24
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 34-2842,042
October 107:00 p.m.at No. 5 UtahNo. 23ESPNL 24-3047,798
October 226:00 p.m.at UCLANo. 20ESPNL 24-4057,046
October 3112:00 p.m.USC
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
FOXL 21-2752,060
November 77:30 p.m.at OregonESPN2L 28-4456,604
November 147:30 p.m.Oregon State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 54-2441,874
November 217:30 p.m.at No. 15 StanfordESPNL 22-3551,424
November 287:00 p.m.Arizona State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
FS1W 48-4645,385
December 2911:00 a.m.vs. Air Force*ESPNW 55-3638,915
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Before Cal
Sonny Dykes Head Coach Louisiana Tech - Head Coach 2010-2012
Tony Franklin Offensive Coordinator/QB/RB Louisiana Tech - Offensive Coordinator/QB 2010-2012
Art Kaufman Defensive Coordinator Cincinnati - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2013
Greg Burns Linebackers Umass - Defensive Backs 2013
Brandon Jones Run Game Coordinator/Offensive line East Carolina - Offensive Line 2010-2014
John Lovett Defensive Backs Philadelphia Eagles - Defensive Backs 2013-2014
Jacob Peeler Wide Receivers Cal - Graduate Assistant, Offense/Wide Receivers 2013-2014
Fred Tate Defensive Line Cincinnati - Defensive Tackles (2013)
Mark Tommerdahl Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Louisiana Tech - Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Receivers 2009 - 2012
Damon Harrington Head Strength and Conditioning Louisiana Tech - Head Strength and Conditioning 2006-2012
Dr. Casey Batten Team Physician University of California San Francisco, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics - Prior to 2006

Source: California Golden Bears Football 2015 Coaching Staff

Roster

Recruiting

Incoming class 2015

SCOUT RIVALS, ESPN, as well as the official roster are the primary sources. The incoming class was ranked #25 by Rivals, #36 by Scout, and #53 by ESPN.

Commitments for 2016

SCOUT RIVALS and ESPN are the primary sources. As of 10/9/2015 the 2016 class is ranked #25 by Rivals# and #38 by Scout.

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP RV RV RV RV 24 23 23 20 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches NR RV RV RV 24 22 23 19 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summaries

Grambling State

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 0 14 14
Golden Bears 35 17 14 7 73
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

San Diego State

1 2 3 4 Total
Aztecs 7 0 0 0 7
Golden Bears 0 14 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
3-3 1996 Cal, 42-37

Texas

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 17 21 0 45
Longhorns 7 17 0 20 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-5 2011 Texas, 21-10

Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 17 7 3 30
Huskies 7 0 14 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
38-52-4 2014 Wash, 31-7

Washington State

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 14 7 0 28
#24 Golden Bears 7 6 21 0 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
45-26-5 2014 Cal, 60-59

Utah

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Golden Bears 7 10 7 0 24
#5 Utes 10 14 3 3 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
5-4 2012 Utah, 49-27

UCLA

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Golden Bears 3 7 6 8 24
Bruins 10 16 14 0 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
32-52-1 2014 UCLA, 36-34

USC

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 10 17 0 27
Golden Bears 7 0 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
29-68-5 2014 USC, 38-30

Oregon

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 10 0 11 7 28
Ducks 3 28 3 10 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
40-35-2 2014 Oregon, 59-41

Oregon State

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 0 10 14 0 24
Golden Bears 7 17 20 10 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
35-32 2014 Cal, 45-31

Stanford

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 3 10 6 22
Cardinal 7 14 0 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
43-55-10 2014 Stan, 38-17

Arizona State

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 10 17 6 13 46
Golden Bears 3 7 21 17 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
16-16 2012 Ariz St, 27-17

Air Force

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 14 21 17 3 55
Falcons 7 14 8 7 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-2 2007 Cal, 43-26

References

  1. ^ Kroichick, Ron (October 3, 2015). "Cal delivers perfect comeback against Washington State". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Letourneau, Connor (September 19, 2015). "Cal holds on for wild win at Texas". San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. ^ Letourneau, Connor (September 26, 2015). "Cal holds on for 30-24 win at Washington". San Francisco Chronicle.
  4. ^ "California vs. Stanford - Game Summary - November 21, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Letourneau, Connor (November 15, 2015). "Cal bowl eligible after breaking out in win over Oregon State". San Francisco Chronicle.
  6. ^ Letourneau, Connor (November 29, 2015). "Cal tops Arizona State with field goal on final play". San Francisco Chronicle.
  7. ^ "Football". The Daily Californian. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Here's the real reason Cal fired Sonny Dykes - San Francisco Chronicle". October 16, 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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