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

There have been better days for the SEC.

The nation’s strongest conference – uh, we think – had a pretty miserable Saturday, starting with No.1 Alabama’s sweat-inducing close shave as a huge favorite against No. 22 Texas.

While the Crimson Tide survived, 20-19, the narrow win raises some questions about the team’s place atop the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.

At least Alabama escaped what would’ve been a dreadful loss.

No. 6 Texas A&M lost 17-14 to Appalachian State, sending the Aggies tumbling in the early Bowl Subdivision pecking order and reinforcing something every Power Five program should tattoo on their forehead: Don’t schedule the Mountaineers – not at home, not away , not ever.

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

Missouri was blitzed by former border-state rival Kansas State in a 40-12 loss. The Tigers were pushed around by the Wildcats’ terrific running game, paced again by star running back Deuce Vaughn, and were eventually doomed by a run of four interceptions in as many drives in the second half.

In another Power Five crossover matchup, 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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