Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

WACO, TX -SEPTEMBER 3: A Baylor Bears cheerleader looks on as Baylor takes on the Albany Great Danes in the first half at McLane Stadium on September 3, 2022 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 69-10. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Here is everything you need to know about week 2 in college football.  Week one certainly lived up to expectations as many games came down to the wire.  I expect more of the same for week 2.

1 Alabama at Texas, Saturday, Noon ET, Fox

The big question as it has been for many years now, is Texas Back?  The Longhorns will play Alabama for the first time since meeting in the 2010 National Championship game. This will be their first regular season matchup since 1922, a century later. Texas is 7-1-1 (.833) all-time against Alabama, the best winning percentage among teams that have played the Tide at least five times.  Alabama is favored by 20.

9 Baylor at 21 BYU, 10:15 ET on ESPN

This is going to be one of the best games of the day in my opinion.  The Cougars as of this post are actually a 3 point favorite in Provo.  These future Big 12 rivals get together for the 2nd time in as many seasons after Baylor won 38-24 a year ago in Waco. The Bears’ QB that day was Gerry Bohanon, whom the Cougars defeated Saturday night at South Florida.  BYU takes another swing at Baylor with Blake Shapen running the Bears’ offense. The sophomore completed 85% of his passes and threw for a pair of scores in Baylor’s season-opening 69-10 win over Albany.

20 Kentucky at 12 Florida, Saturday 7 ET on ESPN

The bad news for Kentucky?  The Wildcats have lost 37 of 40 meetings against the Gators over the last 40 seasons.  The good news for Kentucky?  Head coach Mark Stoops is responsible for the only 2 wins over Florida in the last 35 seasons!  One of those was UK’s first home win over Florida since 1986.  The other was the Cats first win in Gainesville (2018) since 1979. Florida QB Anthony Richardson came alive in Gainesville to lead the Gators to an upset over 7th-ranked Utah, their 2nd season-opening win over an AP Top 10 team.  Richardson rushed for 3 TD with 58 yards on scrambles, the most by anyone against Utah since Marcus Mariota in 2014. You can catch this game Saturday night right here on ESPN Southwest Florida.

24 Tennessee at 17 Pittsburgh, Saturday, 3:30 ET ABC

These 2 schools have at least 2 things in common – a former head coach (Johnny Majors) and transfer QBs.  The jury
is still out for Kedon Slovis at Pitt, but 300 pass yards, 0 interceptions and a win over rival West Virginia mark a great start.  Hendon Hooker hasn’t been spectacular at Tennessee, but the Virginia Tech transfer has been just what the Vols needed. Hooker posted threw 31 Pass TD against just 3 Int a year ago.  Over the last 20 seasons, only Tua Tagovailoa’s 2019 season (33TD/3Int) yielded a better TD/Int ratio among SEC QB’s(min. 25 TD).  One area of worry for the Vols?  Their pass rush.  Tennessee failed to register a sack against Ball State.  The last time an SEC team failed to sac a MAC team?  That was Tennessee against Ohio in 2016.

Best of the rest in College football week 2 comes on Friday!

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