The upset of Week 1 in faculty soccer wasn’t actually an upset — should you ask SEC followers. Invoice Napier, in his first sport as the pinnacle coach of Florida, knocked off defending Pac-12 champ, No. 7 Utah, in a contest of bodily energy that featured six lead modifications and a tie.
After Gator QB Anthony Richardson punched it in from the 1-yard line with 1:25 left, Cam Rising led the Utes so far as the Florida 6 earlier than Amari Burney picked him off within the endzone to seal the sport, and ship Gainesville residents right into a blissful stupor for the remainder of the weekend.
However Florida supporters weren’t the one SEC followers celebrating this week as each college — save for LSU who performs Florida State right this moment — gained. Whereas there are a whole lot of gimmes early within the 12 months, No. 11 Oregon, No. 23 Cincinnati, and Utah weren’t purported to be them.
No. 3 Georgia rolled over final 12 months’s momentum to this season with a 49-3 dismemberment of the Geese that left nothing however a puff of feathers. Auburn switch and new Oregon quarterback Bo Nix left the convention for this actual motive. He threw for 173 yards with two picks, and added one other 37 yards on the bottom. If you wish to understand how dangerous issues had been for Oregon, Nix’s 37 yards speeding led the group. Stetson Bennett didn’t even make it to the fourth and nonetheless completed with 368 within the air and three complete scores — two by air and one-and-a-half by land. (Should you’re going to make use of your legs like this, you get credit score for half a speeding rating.)
Like the Dawgs, No. 19 Arkansas also brought last year’s momentum and quarterback to the 2022 season as KJ Jefferson played nearly flawless football, leading the Razorbacks past the Bearcats with four total touchdowns. His only hiccup being a fumble in the third quarter.
I’m not going to say much about Alabama because they faced Utah State, winning 55-0. The only thing I’ll note is reigning Heisman trophy winner Bryce Young kicked off his follow-up season by tying Tua Tagovailoa’s school record for most touchdowns in a game (six).
As funny as Brian Kelly fucking up the SEC’s perfect opening week would be, the game is in the Super Dome, and the Seminoles are trying to dig out from a deeper hole than the Bayou Bengals. Take LSU -3.5 while the season is young and Vegas doesn’t know any better.
If you’re looking for other non-conference SEC games to wager on, Bama plays Texas next week, and the sharps can’t make that line high enough; No. 17 Pitt escaped the Backyard Brawl, and now has to sprint up and down the field against Hendon Hooker and Tennessee in Week 2; and No. 16-and-rising Miami tries to make it “back” for the 18th consecutive season against No. 6 Texas A&M in Week 3.
Well, that was quick
With Oregon and Utah losing, the highest ranked program in the Pac-12 could very well be No. 14 USC, who routed Rice 66-14 on Saturday. I don’t know if I’m prepared for this. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen an elite USC team more recently than the other schools who are constantly trying to return their football programs to former glory, but they already look like a their old behemoth self.
It also doesn’t help when you give Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams 18 points off three pick-sixes.