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Week 2 college football preview: Can Texas prove it’s finally ‘back’ with win over Nick Saban, Alabama?

College football fans learned a few things during Week 1 of the season. 

Colorado is a vastly improved team from the one that went 1-11 in 2022, the Pac-12 is loaded as it careens toward the edge of the cliff, Mike Norvell and Florida State are ready to compete for an ACC Championship, Clemson’s offense will not be immediately fixed by the presence of Garrett Riley, and South Carolina’s offensive line looks like a disaster.

Deion Sanders before playing TCU

Colorado Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders is shown before playing the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth, Texas, on September 2, 2023. (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

And while the return of football was a welcome sight, it wasn’t exactly the Murderers’ Row of college football slates.

Week 2 brings with it a few more intriguing games, including a top-15 matchup in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

“Jalen is a fantastic player,” Sarkisian said Monday, per On3. “I got a chance to recruit him out of high school. He’s got a dynamic arm. He can make every throw in the book: Off platform, on the run, doesn’t matter. He’s a tremendous runner. He’s an elite runner with the ball in his hand with his speed and his physicality. And he’s highly competitive. He’s a really good leader.”

Texas was the second-best defense in the Big 12 in terms of yards per game (362) but did lose five of 11 starters.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have won 25 straight games at home. 

Texas Tech vs. No. 13 Oregon – 7 p.m. ET

A matchup between two teams coming off entirely different results to kick off the season. 

Oregon set an Autzen Stadium record in Week 1 against Portland State with 81 points while Texas Tech lost in double-overtime to Wyoming after blowing a 17-3 lead.

But the Red Raiders have won 23 straight home openers and have a sixth-year senior under center. 

Joey McGuire stands with his players

Head coach Joey McGuire of the Texas Tech Red Raiders stands with his players after the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers, on October 22, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. (John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

“The message is really, ‘Don’t let Wyoming beat you twice,'” Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire said, according to CBS Sports. “No matter what happens Saturday, we cannot allow last Saturday to affect us, other than learning from it.”

Tyler Shough will be facing his old team after playing the first two years of his college career at Oregon. Against Wyoming, Shough threw for 338 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. 


“He’s had a lot of success in that system, they’ve learned how to use his talents well,” Ducks head coach Dan Lanning said, according to KPIC 4 in Oregon. “Probably doesn’t get enough credit as a runner. He can actually take off and make some plays with his feet. He did that some this past game for them.”

“He really distributes the ball well and understands their system. This system requires the quarterback to be able to get them into the right checks, make the adjustments, communicate with the wideouts and the backs of what’s actually going on, and he does a good job of that.”

Bo Nix passes against Portland State

Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix passes the ball against the Portland State Vikings on September 2, 2023, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

While Oregon wasn’t tested in Week 1, returning starting quarterback Bo Nix kicked off the year right where he left off, throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns while sitting out most of the second half.

Oregon running back Bucky Irving had 119 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries.

Other games of note: 

NC State vs. No. 10 Notre Dame – Noon p.m. ET

Miami vs. No. 23 Texas A&M – 3:30 p.m. ET

No. 6 USC vs. Stanford – 10:30 p.m. ET

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.


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