Texas A&M and Missouri, two ordinary programs from the Big 12, joined the SEC two years ago.
There were supposed to be growing pains. In fact, many thought the schools would get devoured in America's best conference.
But Texas A&M, in its first year, became the only team to defeat national champion Alabama.
And Saturday, Missouri improved to 7-0 for the season and took a two game lead in the SEC East.
What is going on down there?
Texas A&M you can sort of understand. The Aggies entered the SEC with Manziel as their starting quarterback,
Missouri's rise is more surprising. The Tigers went 5-7 last year, 2-6 in SEC play.
Missouri wasn't really tested early in the season with wins over the likes of Murray State and Toledo.
The Tigers were supposed to get thumped these last two weeks, but were fortunate to face Georgia and Florida teams that have been devastated by injuries.
Missouri defeated Georgia last week in Athens and downed Florida, 36-17, on Saturday.
Give Missouri credit, though, because it is playing without starting quarterback James Franklin.
Missouri holds a two-game lead over South Carolina, which visits Columbia, Mo., next week.
The question now: How long can Missouri make this last?
The Spotlight looks for any chance to mention the Akron Zips — one of the best nicknames in sports.
So here it is: Akron defeated Miami of Ohio, 24-17, to earn its first road win since Oct. 18, 2008 at Eastern Michigan.
Akron (2-6) has won more than one game for the first time since that season after three straight 1-11 seasons.
Akron is led by second-year Coach Terry Bowden, who went undefeated at Auburn in 1993. Terry's dad, Bobby, leads all major college coaches with 377 wins.
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