The first month of football in the SEC can make all the difference for a team chasing a national title. Usually, it is the time of year when a team hopes to win as many games as possible before the heart of the conference schedule begins.
Only this season, there aren't as many boring matchups and FCS opponents as there have been in the past. Many SEC teams dive into the deep end to begin the season, playing tough nonconference opponents that could shape how the rest of the season plays out.
This makes for a much more interesting beginning of the season and opens the door for strange things to happen.