Week 3 Preview: Alabama, Baylor out to avoid more Sun Belt upsets

Two more Sun Belt teams get their shot at ranked teams on Saturday, a week after two top-10 teams lost to group-of-five programs on the same day.

WACO, Texas — Two more Sun Belt teams get their shot at ranked teams Saturday, a week after two top-10 teams lost to group-of-five programs on the same day for the first time in the College Football Playoffs era . Both winners came from the same fun conference.

However, there’s probably no reason to put the No. 2 Alabama and the 17th Baylor on alert. Even after those sun belt shockers in week 2.

Alabama (2-0) slipped from No. 1 on the AP Top 25 after beating Texas with a 20-19 win but is listed as a nearly seven-touchdown favorite for its home game against Louisiana-Monroe (1-). 1).

Louisiana-Monroe’s 21-14 win at Tuscaloosa in 2007 was part of a tidal four-game losing streak late in coach Nick Saban’s first season. The team is coached by Terry Bowden, who was Auburn’s coach from 1993 through mid-1998 season.

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Texas State (1-1) is more than a four-touchdown underdog going to Baylor (1-1). Since becoming an FBS team in 2012, the Bobcats have gone 0-9 against top 25 teams and lost those games by an average margin of nearly 34 points.

SEC teams Kentucky and Arkansas each play FCS opponents after big jumps to round out the latest top 10. The ninth-ranked Wildcats, who climbed 11 places in the top 25, play Youngstown State. The No. 10 Razorbacks gained six places before welcoming Missouri State and former coach Bobby Petrino, who will coach his first game at Fayetteville since he was fired 10 years ago.

The What to Watch breakdown for this college football week, presented by Regions Bank:

BEST GAME

No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon

After playing without two starting receivers in the win over Baylor, BYU will look to have back-to-back wins against ranked teams for the second straight season.

In their final season as an independent footballer before moving to the Big 12, the Cougars could put themselves in a strong position with a win, especially with potential showcase games against Notre Dame and Arkansas in October.

The Ducks have a chance to really recover before the Pac-12 game. While they scored 70 points last week, this was a win over Eastern Washington. Oregon opened with a 49-3 loss to current No. 1 Georgia.

HEISMAN WATCH

A true freshman in Oklahoma midway through last season, Caleb Williams fired last-season AP All-America quarterback Spencer Rattler, who was also considered one of Heisman’s early leading contenders.

This past offseason, Williams followed coach Lincoln Riley to Southern California, where he is a Pac-12 runner-up at 331 yards per game. He completed 39 of 49 passes (79.6%) for 590 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed for 72 yards.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

15 – Defending champion Sun Belt Louisiana-Lafayette winning streak, best in the nation.

80 – Consecutive AP Polling appearances for Notre Dame since Sept. 17, 2017, before the Fighting Irish fell entirely from the rankings this week after starting 0-2 from ninth place. Marcus Freeman is the first Irish manager to open his career 3-0, counting last season’s Fiesta Bowl.

1,349 – Games the Texas Longhorns will have played in their history next Saturday. That’s ten times more than opponent UTSA, who will play their 135th place.

BELOW THE RADAR

After nearly angering future SEC nemesis Alabama, the Longhorns play their third straight home game to start the season with a first meet against the UTSA, a school in the same university system and less than 90 miles away.

The Roadrunners made their first top-25 appearance in just their 12th season of football last year. They’ve gone into overtime in both of their games this season (losing to Houston and beating Army one). UTSA senior quarterback sophomore Frank Harris is the national leader at 394.5 yards per game.

EJECTION SEAT

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is nowhere near losing his job, not if he’s making $9 million a season and signing through 2031. But there are certainly some concerns among Aggies fans about this season, Fisher’s fifth, potentially going off the rails.

After being stunned at home by Appalachian State last week, Texas A&M welcomes 13th-ranked Miami to Texas A&M in its final home game through the last Saturday in October. After that, the offensively challenged Aggies play No. 10 Arkansas in suburban Dallas and then travel to the state of Mississippi and No. 2 Alabama.

At the end of this stretch, midway through their season, could the Aggies go into their open date with a 1-5 record?

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Emma Bowman

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