Rose Bowl teams remember lessons of 2020’s COVID-19 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rose Bowl between No. 7 Utah and No. 9 Penn State serves as a reminder of how strange the pandemic-shortened 2020 college football season was. It marked the only time in the past five years the Utes did not play for the Pac-12 title and the Nittany Lions posted their only losing record in nine seasons under coach James Franklin. Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley changed how his secondary had to play that season because of COVID-19 restrictions, and the benefits of that scheme change carried over to the school’s consecutive Pac-12 crowns and Rose Bowl appearances.

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