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

College football Week 2 winners and losers: SEC, Notre Dame falters

There have been better days for the SEC.

The strongest conference in the country — uh, we think — had a pretty miserable Saturday, starting with the close shave that sweats No. 1 Alabama as a heavy favorite against No. 22 Texas. .

While the Crimson Tide survived, 20-19, the narrow victory raises some questions about the team’s place at the top of 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 Appalachia State, sending the Aggies tumbling early in the Bowl Subdivision and reinforcing something every Power Five program should tattoo on their forehead: Don’t program the mountaineers – not home, not far, never.

Missouri was bombarded by former frontier state rival Kansas State in a 40-12 loss. The Tigers were rocked by the Wildcats’ terrific running game, paced again by star running back Deuce Vaughn, and were ultimately doomed by a streak of four interceptions in as many runs 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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