With quarterback Nick Marshall, receiver Sammie Coates and most of the offensive line back from Auburn's Southeastern Conference championship lineup, the biggest question facing Gus Malzahn's rapid attack was whether Cameron Artis-Payne could replace Tre Mason at tailback.
As we start to wrap up the appetizers, the SEC's power again is clear. Five of the Associated Press top 10 are from the SEC West, and seven of the top 14 teams in the country are in the conference.
It will rank among the most fleeting questions in Southeastern Conference history.
After our week one overreactions, let's get back to questions and answers for the SEC teams based on our power poll.
The University of Tennessee football team will be looking to build on its opening rout of Utah State this Saturday when the Volunteers host Arkansas State at noon on the SEC Network.
Five days after Vanderbilt opened its 2014 football season with a surprise 37-7 defeat at the hands of Temple, first-year Commodores coach Derek Mason found somewhat of a silver lining.
We are going to rank the SEC teams on how they looked in week one. This is a power-of-perception ranking, and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder (record and Saturday's opponent in parentheses; all times EDT).
It was too close to call.
1) Leaguewide coming-out party. There is a ton of talented newcomers. Seven of the top nine teams in the Rivals.com recruiting rankings last February were in the SEC, and a host of those five-star stud ducks are making their debuts this weekend.
The 2014 college football season awaits.
Let's review the league. As always, we'll list these in the order of our personal power ranking:
The SEC Network on Thursday night featured the 1980s Auburn athletic trio of Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and Frank Thomas.
The countdown now can be measured in hours.