The Bears pulled away from the Cougars in their meeting last year in Texas, a big win in what turned out to be one of the best seasons in school history. The return trip is the first of five games against Power Five opponents for the Cougars. Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes came from BYU to turn around the Bears’ offense last season.
Line: BYU by 3 1/2. Pick: BYU 30-28.
2) No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida
Gators QB Anthony Richardson has a chance to be a season-changing player for Florida and the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky has split the last four meetings, which doesn’t sound like much, but the Gators had won 34 straight before that. For the second straight week, a big one in the Swamp.
Line: Florida by 5 1/2. Pick: Florida 28-24.
3) No. 10 Southern California at Stanford
Lincoln Riley’s debut at USC was the expected feel-good affair against Rice. Stanford has slipped from its 2010s peak, but the Cardinal still beat the Trojans badly enough last year to get Clay Helton fired. Stanford is not the measuring stick it once would have been for USC, but it is the first true test for Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and team transfer portal.
No team in the country looked better in Week 1 relative to its 2021 performance than Arizona, handily beating San Diego State after going 1-11 in coach Jedd Fisch’s debut season. This nonconference matchup against an experienced SEC team seemed as if it would be too much of a lift for the Wildcats in the offseason. Now, it’s intriguing.
Line: Mississippi State by 11 1/2. Pick: Mississippi State 31-23.
5) No. 1 Alabama at Texas.
Two storied programs getting together on campus is always interesting, but let’s be real: This is not so much about whether former Tide assistant Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorns can beat ‘Bama as it is getting a gauge on where the rebuild stands in Year 2.