Week 2 College Football Preview

Week 2 of College Football is finally here! Hussam Patel gives his top three week 2 college football preview and games that you need to watch.

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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

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.

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?

Prediction

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. 

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.

Prediction

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.

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.

Prediction

Florida 27, Kentucky 24

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Lynn Bowden Jr.: The X Factor

With the 80th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, The Las Vegas Raiders selected the X-factor, Lynn Bowden Jr., out of the University of Kentucky. When I say X-factor, I mean there’s nothing the former Wildcat and current Miami Dolphin can’t do.

With the 80th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, The Las Vegas Raiders selected the X-factor, Lynn Bowden Jr., out of the University of Kentucky. When I say X-factor, I mean there’s nothing the former Wildcat and current Miami Dolphins can’t do.

You read that right, he was selected by the Raiders. If you haven’t read on what happened to the dismissal of Bowden from Vegas I urge you to read Tyler Dunne’s article on him.

Color me crazy but Lynn Bowden Jr is the X factor of this Dolphins offense. He’s done things this season that make you jump out of your seat.

Bowden Jr. made the New England defense look silly

He may not be a #1 WR, but he’s really unique. With Bowden having the ball in his hands there are 3 things likely to happen- at times you may not know what he might do.

He can run with the ball

He can catch the ball

He can throw the ball

A play from the Cincinnati game rings a bell and Jackson Kruger mentions what I said up above.

He could’ve taken a simple handoff and ran it for a couple yards or taken the ball in his hands and threw it to Gaskins on a swing route on the right side of the field if Myles Gaskin wasn’t blocking on the play. Instead its a pass play and Bowden catches it from the flat and gains good amount of yards.

Wide Receivers coach Josh Grizzard, who studied Bowden during the pre-draft process said it best:

“I see a lot of the things [now] you saw on tape [in college]: Position flexibility, being able to throw it, run it, throw it to him on the perimeter, handoffs, Wildcat. I think that stuff shows up. Just getting the nuances of the coverages and seeing those things, that’s the biggest adjustment he’s gone through playing the slot receiver position in the NFL.”

Lynn Bowden Jr. became on of Tua’s Favorite targets against the Kansas City Chiefs

It took Bowden some time to get acclimated to the Playbook as he came into the Dolphins the beginning of the regular season. Through the first 13 weeks of the season he was targeted twice with rushing attempts sprinkled in. The Cincinnati game is when we saw the potential of Bowden Jr- hauling all 4 targets for 41 yards and 10.3 YPC. 

Ultimately he became one of Tua’s favorite targets against the Chiefs and Patriots raking in 13 catches on 16 targets for almost 120 yards. There’s been a lot of talk about Bowden Jr. becoming a Jarvis Landry type of player and I see it too. Remember Landry’s rookie year, he was used a lot in the slot and routinely made plays that made your jaw drop- the same applies to Lynn Bowden Jr in limited targets.

Even with a stacked WR core in Miami, Bowden will get more opportunities in year 2 lining up in the slot, the backfield, a wildcat QB and maybe as the X Receiver in some packages. Bowden has the tools and skills to succeed. It’s going to be up to George Godsey and Eric Studesville to scheme up opportunities where he can feast and gain yards after the catch and finally score his first career NFL Touchdown

Lynn Bowden Jr. will have a “breakout year”. Book it.

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