A weekend of magical upsets, thrilling games, and last-second miracles defined the first week of the college football season.
Many of those moments came in our picks for Games of the Week - whether it was Florida's stunning upset over then no. 7 Utah, Florida State blocking LSU's extra point attempt after the Tigers drove 99 yards, or a slugfest between no. 5 Notre Dame and no. 2 Ohio State.
This week will still be action packed, albeit with games not as appetizing - but hey, we can't have superstar matchups every week.
Welcome to Week 2 of the college football season, here are our picks for Games of the Week.
Can Kentucky quarterback Will Levis (R) spoil the party the Florida Gators just started?
Game 1: No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats @ No. 12 Florida Gators
We start things off by going back to The Swamp - the site of last week's biggest upset.
The Billy Napier era of Florida football started off with a shock upset over a top-10 team in Utah. Since then, these Gators have become one of the most talked about stories in college football, shooting up from unranked to 12th in the AP Poll.
QB Anthony Richardson put together a great game on the ground, running for 106 yards and 3 TDs in the win. He also threw 17/24 for 168 yards.
That reliance on the ground game is something Kentucky will have to keep an eye on. The Wildcats may have won the game over Miami of Ohio 37-13, but they gave up 17 first downs and 111 rushing yards on 32 attempts. Kentucky themselves only got 20 first downs and 50 rushing yards on 26 attempts.
Wildcats QB Will Levis made up for the lack of a running game, completing 21 passes for 303 yards with 3 TDs and an interception. He'll keep an eye on WR Tayvion Robinson, who opened his 2022 account with 6 catches for 136 yards.
Florida gets to play from the comfort at home again, but against SEC competition, it'll be a true joy to see if the Gators can prove they belong in the poll - or if they'll crash out magnificently.
After a Backyard Brawl worth waiting for, will Pitt keep the momentum rolling vs. Tennessee?
Game 2: No. 24 Tennessee Volunteers @ No. 17 Pittsburgh Panthers
The largest crowd in Pittsburgh sports history turned out last Thursday for a Backyard Brawl worth waiting 11 years for.
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Thanks to a tip-drill interception with under 4 minutes to go, Pittsburgh was able to overcome pressure from rival West Virginia to start the season 1-0.
Transfer QB Kedon Slovis had himself an amazing debut, throwing 16/24 for 308 yards and a touchdown to his name. RB Rodney Hammond also had an impact, carrying the ball 16 times for 74 yards and 2 TDs on the night.
If all of this seems to be an indicator that Pittsburgh is rolling coming into this game, someone never told the Vegas bookmakers.
Right now, Tennessee - fresh off a 59-10 win over a much weaker Ball State team - open as -6.5 point favorites over the Panthers, despite the weaker opponent and a lower AP ranking.
Perhaps QB Hendon Hooker has something to do with that, having thrown 18/25 for 221 yards and two passing TDs. He also contributed with 2 TDs on the ground.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Tennessee gave up less total yards to Ball State (343) than Pitt gave up to the Mountaineers (404).
Or maybe, it's the SEC tax - where all pretty good teams will automatically become distrusted when playing an opponent from the nation's top conference.
Whichever it is, Pittsburgh comes into this game expected to lose. With both teams outside of the top-10 in the AP Poll, they'll both be looking to solidify their standing in the upper echelons of the sport this year.
Game 3: No. 10 USC Trojans @ Stanford Cardinal
Neither of these teams really proved themselves coming into this matchup, but that doesn't mean this is a game to avoid watching.
Southern Cal gave up 280 yards and 14 points to Rice last weekend, but put up 66 points of their own thanks to touchdowns from four different players.
Transfer QB Caleb Williams showed out in his first game for the Trojans after moving with head coach Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to Los Angeles. His first game for the garnet-and-gold resulted in 19 completions on 22 throws for 249 yards and 2 TDs. He also led the team in rushing yards with 68 on 6 carries.
Both those passing touchdowns were to new target Jordan Addison - transferring from Pittsburgh - with two rushing TDs from another transfer: Austin Jones, Stanford's former running back.
Jones' transfer cleared the way for the emergence of another running back for the Cardinal: E.J. Smith. That's Emmitt James Smith - son of the Hall of Fame running back and Dallas Cowboys legend.
Smith's 118 rushing yards on 11 carries for two TDs included a huge 87 yard run in the first quarter of a 41-10 win over Colgate.
The offense didn't just run through him though, with junior QB Tanner McKee completing 22 passes for 308 yards and 2 TDs met with 1 interception.
Stanford's defense let up only 59 passing yards and 218 yards in total - something they likely won't replicate against USC.
For my money, these two teams seem more evenly matched than the -9 point spread being given in favor of USC. We could be in for a fun time in the Bay Area - with either an upset by Stanford or a win in Riley's first true test with the Trojans.
After a dominant start, Bryce Young (L) & Alabama look to breeze by Texas & Bijan Robinson (R)
Game 4 : No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide @ Texas Longhorns
Alabama isn't well known for picking challenging non-conference opponents to start its season. While Texas may not be at the level now that they have been in the past, the Longhorns pose a trap element to their game that could catch the Crimson Tide off guard.
Texas hasn't been 'back' - despite those telling you otherwise - since 2009, when they played in the national title game. There, the Longhorns lost QB Colt McCoy midway through the championship to injury and fell to Alabama - the first win in what became a dynasty.
Since falling out of the top-10 in the 2010 season with a week 4 loss to UCLA, Texas has been named one of the 10 best in the land for a total of only six weeks.
Four of those six weeks have seen losses, including two defeats to unranked opponents: Oklahoma State in 2018 and TCU in 2020.
As for this season, the Longhorns are led by true freshman QB Quinn Ewers. He will face arguably the toughest test of his college career, after putting up 225 passing yards, 2 TDs and a pick against Louisiana-Monroe.
RB Bijan Robinson may be the best rusher in the country - though he faces stiff competition - but his 10 carries for 71 yards and 1 TD could be improved.
Meanwhile, Alabama bowled over Utah State 55-0 in their opener. QB Bryce Young combined for 295 yards and six total touchdowns - with 100 yards rushing and 5 passing TDs dominating that stat breakdown.
The staunch Alabama defense didn't record a single sack - either a glitch in the Matrix or a positive sign for Texas, who allowed ULM to get to Evers three times.
This was initially my pick for Game of the Week, but one look at Alabama being -20 point favorites changed my mind. This may go down as a gross underestimation of what the Longhorns can do. But, expect this to be resume building as usual for a 'Bama team destined for the playoff.
BYU looks to shake up the AP Poll by sending a message to a team from its future conference
Game of the Week: No. 9 Baylor Bears @ No. 21 BYU Cougars
In the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains lies one of the more panoramic stadiums in all of college football. This weekend, LaVell Edwards Stadium will play host for a matchup worth staying up late for.
Future Big 12 conference members BYU will take on last year's Big 12 champions Baylor in Utah on Saturday night.
The Cougars come back from a productive trip after taking on South Florida in Tampa and winning 50-21. BYU put up five touchdowns, three of those on the ground. That's crucial considering Baylor only let up 87 rushing yards, albeit against an outclassed Albany team.
BYU combined for more rushing yards (312) than they did passing yards (261), but QB Jaren Hall notably completed, 25 passes including 2 TDs and an interception.
Running back Puka Nacua scored a 75 yard touchdown run on the Cougars' first play from scrimmage, but left the game early with an injury. He's listed as out on ESPN, meaning the ball carrying duties will likely go to senior Christopher Brooks, who picked up 135 yards on 11 carries last week.
As for Baylor, the game against Albany wasn't one to truly be taken seriously. Four players had more than 40 yards rushing, with three of those players scoring TDs.
QB Blake Shapen's 17/20, 214 yard, 2 TD effort was good, but indicative of playing a team that didn't pose a challenge to them.
For Baylor to go from that minimal level of effort to a challenging road game will require a great amount of mental re-focusing. While they are capable of doing that, it's worth watching to see if they can.