Last season's batch of 28 new head coaches was an amalgam of promising assistants, retreads and small-school head coaches coming off big years.
The first-year results are just as broad. Eight of those head coaches have at least six wins entering the weekend. They either inherited talented rosters, simply know how to coach, or both.
This list doesn't even include Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze, who injected life into the Rebels with five wins and could be an SEC Coach of the Year contender.
But even more coaches will be branded with the rebuilding label because of their teams' subpar play. Eleven first-year guys have two wins or fewer. It's either the cupboard or the playbook that is bare.