The season got off to an exciting start with an action-packed Week 1 and now it’s time to turn the page to Week 2. There aren’t many high-profile matches on tap, but there are plenty of intriguing games sprinkled throughout. The day on Saturday to keep our attention.
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No. 1 Alabama at Texas
Time: Noon TV: Fox | Line: Alabama -20.5 | Total: 65.5
After winning in blowout fashion in Week 1, Alabama should face a little more opposition as they travel to Austin to face Texas in Week 2. Led by head coach and former Alabama assistant Steve Sarkisian and transfer quarterback Quinn Evers, the Longhorns will have their hands full. With the three-TD score spread, keeping this streak going would be a sign of growth for Texas.
No. 24 Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh
Time: 3:30 | TV: ABC | Line: UT -6.5 | Total: 66.5
Josh Heupel and his rushing offense brought much-needed life to the Tennessee program. If the defense can take a step forward from a rough 2021, Tennessee has a chance to make some noise in the SEC. After a season-opening blowout against Ball State, this weekend’s trip to face defending ACC champion Pitt will be a good test for the Vols. Pitt is coming off an impressive win over rival West Virginia in Week 1.
No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida
Time: 7:00 | TV: ESPN | Line: UF -5.5 | Total: 52.5
Prior to 2018, Florida had won 31 straight against Kentucky. However, Kentucky has won two of its last four, including a 20-13 victory in Lexington last season. Can the Wildcats do it again? UK fans are full of optimism after the team won 10 games last year and star QB Will Lewis returned. The Gators have a star QB of their own in Anthony Richardson, who was instrumental in the team’s impressive season-opening victory over Utah.
No. 10 USC at Stanford
Time: 7:30 pm TV: ABC | Line: USC -8.5 | Total: 67.5
USC kicked off the Lincoln Riley era thanks to a strong defensive performance and a good Trojans win over transfer QB Caleb Williams at Rice. He will make his Pac-12 debut at Stanford on Saturday. He will be challenged by another NFL quarterback of the future in Tanner McKee. McKee didn’t get much help on offense as a rookie, but the Cardinals hope EJ Smith, son of NFL legend Emmitt Smith, can be a weapon.
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No. 9 Baylor at No. 21 BYU
Time: 10:15 TV: ESPN | Line: BYU -3.5 | Total: 53.5
After winning the Big 12 title with Jerry Bohannon, Baylor coach Dave Aranda made a quarterback change, naming Blake Shapp the starter over Bohannon in the spring. That resolve will be tested this week against a good BYU team. While Baylor swept an FCS team in Week 1, BYU traveled across the country and defeated South Florida, 50-21. The Cougars are trying to make an early season statement for a program that has several high-profile games on the schedule this year.