Two more Sun Belt teams get their shots at ranked teams Saturday, a week after two top-10 teams lost to Group of Five programs on the same day for the first time in the College Football Playoff era. Both winners came from that same fun conference.
There is probably no reason, however, to put No. 2 Alabama and 17th-ranked Baylor on upset alert. Even after those Sun Belt shockers in Week 2.
Alabama (2-0) slipped out of the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 after escaping Texas with a 20-19 victory, but is listed as a nearly seven-touchdown favorite for its home game against Louisiana-Monroe (1-1).
Louisiana-Monroe’s 21-14 win at Tuscaloosa in 2007 was part of a four-game Tide losing streak late in coach Nick Saban’s first season there. The team is coached by Terry Bowden, who was Auburn’s coach from 1993 until midway through the 1998 season.
Texas State (1-1) is a more than a four-touchdown underdog going to Baylor (1-1). Since becoming an FBS team in 2012, the Bobcats are 0-9 against Top 25 teams and lost those games by average margin of nearly 34 points.
SEC teams Kentucky and Arkansas each play FCS opponents after big jumps to round out the latest top 10. The ninth-ranked Wildcats, who rose 11 spots in the Top 25, play Youngstown State. The No. 10 Razorbacks jumped six spots before hosting Missouri State and former coach Bobby Petrino, who will be coaching his first game in Fayetteville since getting fired 10 years ago.