A month into the season and drama is already unfolding.
The SEC has made its first head coaching change, as LSU fired Les Miles, and division races are starting to take shape after a weekend of interesting intraconference games.
With Week 5 coming up, here’s an early look at what we’ll be keeping an eye on:
1. Welcome back, Ed O
Ed Orgeron has been back in the SEC since he joined the Tigers as their defensive line coach, but now he’s back to being an SEC head coach, at least in the interim (Orgeron was Ole Miss' head coach from 2005-2007). The 55-year-old Louisiana native's first task is to stabilize this team enough to beat an improving Missouri squad that is coming to Tiger Stadium. Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock leads the SEC in passing yards (1,508) and the team is averaging 466.5 offensive yards against Power 5 competition. More than anything, we’ll all be keeping an eye on Ed O to see how he does.
Tennessee hits the road
The No. 11 Vols have their first true road game of the season after coming up with a huge 38-28 win against Florida on Saturday. Tennessee travels to Georgia to take on the No. 25 Bulldogs, who themselves are coming off a 45-14 shellacking at the hands of Ole Miss. Certainly confidence is running high for the Vols after breaking a losing streak to Florida that dated to 2004, but this will be the second in a string of four consecutive games against Top 25 teams, so the Vols can ill-afford to have a hangover from their emotional, comeback win against the Gators. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, would love to get back on track after suffering their first loss in such a decisive manner.
Revenge for the Rebels?
Ole Miss lost to a Paxton Lynch-led Memphis squad last season, but neither Lynch, nor Justin Fuente -- then the Tigers’ head coach -- are still with the program. Regardless, the Rebels are likely looking for some redemption from the 37-24 defeat, and hope to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season against a Memphis team that is 3-0.
Kentucky got a nice win over the weekend, beating South Carolina 17-10, but now must turn around and go to Alabama, where the Wildcats will be massive underdogs.
Texas A&M takes its talented defense, which is allowing only 4.7 yards per play, to South Carolina, a team that hasn’t scored more than two offensive touchdowns this season and has a true freshman starting quarterback (Brandon McIlwain).
Florida will look to bounce back from its loss to Tennessee, but has to go back on the road against a Vanderbilt squad that squeaked out a 31-30 overtime win at Western Kentucky.