Week 2 college football winners and losers: Highs and lows for SEC; Notre Dame shocked at home – USA TODAY

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

There were better days for the SEC.

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

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

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

No. 6 Texas A&M lost 17-14 to Appalachian State, sending the Aggies falling into the early Bowl Subdivision pecking order and reinforcing something every Power Five program should tattoo on their forehead: Don’t plan on the Mountaineers — not at home, not away. , never

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

Missouri was bombarded by former cross-state rival Kansas State in a 40–12 loss. The Tigers were pushed around by the Wildcats’ terrific running game, paced again by star running back 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 game, Vanderbilt lost 45-25 to No. 21 Wake Forest and quarterback Sam Hartman, who threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns after missing the season opener.

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