College Football Week 2 Winners and Losers: SEC, Notre Dame Stutter

There have been better days for the SEC.

The nation’s strongest conference—uh, we think—had a pretty miserable Saturday, starting with No. 1 Alabama’s sweat-inducing shave as a firm favorite against No. 22 Texas.

While the Crimson survived Tide, 20-19, the narrow win raises some questions about the team’s place at the top of the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.

At least Alabama has escaped what would have been a terrible loss.

No. Texas A&M lost 17-14 to Appalachian State, sending the Aggies tumbling into the Bowl Subdivision’s early pecking order and bolstering something every Power Five program should tattoo on their foreheads: Don’t plan the Mountaineers — not home, not away , never.

Appalachian State linebacker Logan Doublin (40) celebrates his firing against Texas A&M quarterback Haynes King (13) in the second quarter at Kyle Field.

Missouri was crushed by former border state rival Kansas State in a 40-12 loss. The Tigers were knocked over by the Wildcats’ great running game, re-paced by star-running Deuce Vaughn, and were eventually doomed by a run of four interceptions in as many drives in the second half.

In another Power Five crossover matchup, Vanderbilt lost 45-25 to No. 21 Wake Forest and quarterback Sam Hartman, who threw 300 yards and four touchdowns after missing the season opener.

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