It’s Sunday, and you can still hear the chimes of Rocky Top echoing throughout the state of Tennessee. Georgia fans are concerned, and the showdown between top-10 opponents is a go for next Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi. Saturday was an insane day across the Southeast Conference, yet, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Conference as we approach week five of the season. With the questions remaining, let’s dive into a few glaring takeaways from week four of the 2022 College Football season.
First, Tennessee is good. It’s hard not to credit the Volunteers for beating Florida and having the best environment this weekend. Despite not being there in person, the echos of Rocky Top reached all corners of the southeast on Saturday afternoon. Tennessee looks like the Volunteers of old, Neyland Stadium is a menace to play in, and for the first time in years, Tennessee fans have a legitimate reason to be excited. Say what you want about the Volunteers and the hope they’ll fall off, but the Volunteers are a solid football team. For the first time since 1996, Tennessee has a Heisman Trophy contending quarterback in Hendon Hooker. As the Volunteers continue to win, so will the talk of Hookers returning a Heisman Trophy to Knoxville. Tennessee faces the bye week as the 8th ranked team in the country with something special brewing on Rocky Top.
Second, how good is Arkansas? Heading into this weekend, Arkansas had embarrassed lesser competition, and the hype surrounding the Razorbacks was real. Yet, Saturday night happened in Dallas, and now Razorback fans face a challenging crossroads as they prepare for Alabama to come to town on Saturday. Heading into the week four matchup with the Aggies, Arkansas was confident they could hang with anybody in the country. Following a loss on Saturday, it will be interesting to see how Coach Pittman and his Razorbacks will come out fighting. The time for excuses is long gone; the Razorbacks have got to figure out what went wrong against Texas A&M on Saturday and how to fix it before Coach Saban and the Crimson Tide come to town.
Lastly, as wrong as it may or may not be, how long will Bryan Harsin remain the Head Coach at Auburn? As it stands, Coach Harsin has unfortunately found himself in a situation where the powers that control no longer want him at Auburn. In the off-season, Auburn boosters tried their hardest to ruin the dignity of a man and his family simply because Harsin was not an ” Auburn man.” Harsin responded with integrity and vowed to coach his Auburn Tigers to the best of his abilities. It has since become transparent that one loss and the powers in charge at Auburn will meet with Harsin to fire him. From the outside looking in, it appears that Coach Harsin deserves better than Auburn. Odds are, Coach Harsin will not make it through the season, and Auburn will look to buy out another coach, all in the name of a ridiculous standard set forth at Auburn.
Week five is here; Southeastern Conference Football is undefeated. There’s nothing in the country that comes close to the SEC. A lot of Football to still be played, but the 2022 season is shaping out to be one of the most intriguing seasons we have ever seen.