Week 2 College Football Preview
Week 2 of the 2022 college football season is finally here. Here are the top three college football previews and games you need to watch this week.
Alabama vs. Texas preview
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas Longhorns. 12 P.M. EST, FOX
- Line: Alabama -20, o/u: 61.5
Alabama week 2 college football preview
This is a fully-focused Alabama team that lost a slew of star parts, and yet still ran for 278 yards last week and threw for 281 yards.
The offensive line has been worked on and tweaked to be better in pass protection. This allows Bryce Young time to to spread it around more.
The only noteworthy thing the Crimson Tide have to worry about is the notorious “horns down” penalty that Nick Saban did not even know existed.
You think Alabama is going to flinch for an instant when Texas connects on a 78-yard touchdown pass?
Texas week 2 college football preview
This will be the biggest week 2 college football game. Texas has the guys to at least hang with Bama at home, but they need a good start and to believe they really can do this
Steve Sarkisian and the coaching staff have settled in, there’s a healthy Bijan Robinson in the backfield, Quinn Ewers – at least prospect-wise – is as promising as any quarterback in the country. You’re not crazy to hype Xavier Worthy among the best wide receivers in college football, either.
🎬Quinn Ewers w/ an absolute DIME.
Love the vertical pocket movement and elite off-platform accuracy.
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How will the Longhorns react if Will Anderson Jr. sacks Ewers twice on the first drive? What happens when the Crimson Tide stops Bijan Robinson and the run?
Alabama 45, Texas 27
Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh preview
#24 Tennessee Volunteers v Pittsburgh Panthers. 3:30 P.M. EST, ABC
- Line: Tennessee -6.5, o/u: 66
Tennessee week 2 college football preview
The Tennessee offense is going to go off. The Vols’ offense looks as potent as ever, scoring 59 points in the season opener against Ball State. Hendon Hooker has a plethora of help.
Four of last year’s offensive line starters are back, but that unit allowed an SEC-worst 44 sacks last season. How effective this Vols offense can be is dependent on the guys up front.
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Tennessee didn’t have a sack in last week’s game, and only had two tackles for loss. Linebacker Jeremy Banks will be looked upon to create some negative plays, as will defensive end Byron Young.
Pittsburgh week 2 college football preview
The running game was held in check, but Kedon Slovis had a terrific debut, throwing for over 300 yards. Now he gets to throw on a Tennessee secondary that struggled last season.
The Vols secondary has some experience in Trevon Flowers and Jaylen McCollough, but they were also a big reason why the Vols’ pass defense struggled in 2021. Slovis needs to feast on them.
Pitt finished third in the nation in sacks last fall, and their top havoc producers, Calijah Kancey and Habakkuk Baldonado, are still around to cause problems. If the Panthers D can create chaos and force three-and-outs, the Vols’ defense can expect to be on the field for much of the game.
Tennessee 44, Pittsburgh 38
Kentucky vs. Florida preview
#20 Kentucky Wildcats at #12 Florida Gators. 7:30 P.M. EST, ESPN
- Line: Florida -5, o/u: 52
Kentucky week 2 college football preview
The offense has a mayo-loving pro prospect of its own in quarterback Will Levis, coming off a 303-yard performance. He’ll keep pushing a Gator secondary that had issues with the Utah passing game late last week.
With only one starter returning, along with Auburn transfer Tashawn Manning, the Wildcats return only 45 career starts. Kentucky’s “Big Blue Wall” is young, inexperienced, and a work-in-progress.
Offensive coordinator Rick Scangarello will want to get Tayvion Robinson, who was marvelous in his Kentucky debut (6 receptions, 136 yards), the ball early and often on Saturday night.
Excited to see how Kentucky gets WR Tayvion Robinson involved this season…
Dynamic, speedy playmaker at WR transferred from VaTech. Feels like he's taking over the Wan'Dale Robinson role
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Kentucky is also very deep at linebacker; it’s been an area of strength in Stoops’ recruiting operation. This means the Wildcats are less likely to tire late compared to Utah. If Kentucky wins, it’ll be likely because it won this battle.
Florida Gators week 2 college football preview
Led by quarterback Anthony Richardson, the Gators piled on 283 ground yards and four TDs, while averaging over seven yards per touch against a very good, and physical, team last week.
The Gators have plenty of talent up front, and start multiple five-star players on the defensive line. Still, Florida surrendered over 200 yards rushing to Utah last Saturday and was too often pushed back easily at the point of attack.
Kentucky’s top running backs are out, one with a suspension and another with an injury, so the Gators may get a break in the running game. But they still have to deal with Will Levis and his strong arm. Jason Marshall Jr. will have to keep up with Tayvion Robinson.
Anthony Richardson will be contained by the Wildcats defense, he will have to rely on his arm more than his legs. It needs to be the next step in his development in week 2 of college football.
Florida 27, Kentucky 24
***This article was originally published on the ATB Network by Hussam Patel***
Hussam Patel is a Miami Dolphins contributor and Lead NFL Draft analyst at Five Reasons Sports Network, Director of Scouting at PhinManiacs and Editor at Dolphins ATB. Follow him on Twitter at @HussamPatel
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