For two weeks, Texas A&M’s impressive opening-week win against Arizona State has held its ground as the most impressive performance by an SEC team in 2015.

That’s no longer the case. Ole Miss overtook the Aggies after winning at Tuscaloosa last night. There were other new entrants from Week 3, which has proved the most dramatic for SEC teams so far this season. Four of the top performers made their mark on Saturday.

Here are the Top 10 performances of 2015 (as of Week 3):


Date: Sept. 5
Star Player: RB Peyton Barber
Key Stat: The defense allowed 0.8 yards per rush after initial contact

Why: QB Jeremy Johnson (three interceptions) didn’t look like the Heisman contender that many were billing him to be, but that’s alright when the Tigers defense performed like it did here. New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp got his team to tackle efficiently and limit the Cardinals rushing attack. A late onside kick attempt by Louisville made for a few nervous moments, but the Tigers were the stronger team throughout this game.

9. NO. 18 ARKANSAS 48, UTEP 13

Date: Sept. 5
Star Player: QB Brandon Allen
Key Stat: Held UTEP RB Aaron Jones to 70 rushing yards

Why: This game was everything a Bret Bielema win is supposed to be, with an extra sprinkle of quarterback efficiency. Allen (308 passing yards, four touchdowns) looked deadly when throwing to WR Keon Hatcher, the running backs looked more than capable in place of the injured Jonathan Williams, and the Arkansas defense limited the efficiency of their opponent’s star running back.


Date: Sept. 19
Star Player: CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Key Stat: Limited Kentucky QB Patrick Towles to a 33 percent completion percentage

Why: Defense was the story for the Gators, which barely outgained an amped Wildcats team coming off a historic road win but still controlled much of this game. Jim McElwain’s first SEC win didn’t feature the offensive performance Gators fans would have expected from the former Alabama offensive coordinator, but it was impressive to see Florida’s defense still looked like one of the country’s best in a tough road environment. Hargreaves took a 53-yard interception return to the red zone, which set up a Florida touchdown.


Date: Sept. 5
Star Player: DT Robert Nkemdiche
Key Stat: 324 passing yards

Why: Nkemdiche stole the limelight during QB Chad Kelly’s impressive debut. The defensive lineman was his usual All-American self on defense, blocking a field goal while also hauling in a 31-yard touchdown pass. Kelly split time with two other quarterbacks but separated himself in coach Hugh Freeze’s “competition,” averaging 14.1 yards per attempt.


Date: Sept. 19
Star Player: QB Greyson Lambert
Key Stat: Lambert completed 20 straight passes

Why: Lambert proved this Georgia team has more than just a stacked ground game, breaking a Georgia record for consecutive completions while terrorizing South Carolina’s defense for 330 passing yards and three touchdowns. Running back Nick Chubb eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the 11th straight game, taking what started out as a relatively close game out of reach in Athens. Georgia’s performance solidified the Bulldogs as the class of the SEC East, if not the entire conference.


Date: Sept. 12
Star Player: Kentucky QB Patrick Towles
Key Stat: Zero Kentucky punts in the first half

Why: The Wildcats snapped a six-year SEC road losing streak at South Carolina. Kentucky’s offense clicked in the first half as the Wildcats went up 24-7, but couldn’t do much in the second half. Kentucky was able to add two points after returning a Pharoh Cooper fumble 98 yards during a two point conversion. Towles went 21-of-29 for 192 yards.

4. NO. 13 LSU 45, NO. 18 AUBURN 21

Date: Sept. 19
Star Player: RB Leonard Fournette
Key Stat: Fournette’s 12 yards per rushing attempt

Why: LSU dominated Auburn in every facet of this game, raising the profile of the Bayou Bengals while pushing Auburn from College Football Playoff contender to SEC West also-ran. Fournette’s career-high 228 rushing yards and three touchdowns were the story of this contest, but LSU quarterback Brandon Harris outperforming Auburn counterpart Jeremy Johnson was also an important factor in LSU’s win. The Tigers sacked Johnson five times.

3. NO. 3 ALABAMA 35, NO. 20 WISCONSIN 17

Date: Sept. 5
Star Player: RB Derrick Henry
Key Stat: Held Wisconsin to 40 rushing yards

Why: Henry showed he’s more than capable of being the feature back, rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns against the Crimson Tide’s Big Ten opponent. Nick Saban still wasn’t naming a starting quarterback, but both Jake Coker (15-of-21) and Cooper Bateman (7-of-8) were efficient when they weren’t handing the ball off to Henry. Alabama’s defense performed how everyone expected.


Date: Sept. 5
Star Player: DE Myles Garrett
Key Stat: 14 tackles for loss

Why: There’s just something about the Aggies and early-season games against ranked foes. A year after winning a big game at South Carolina, a new-look Texas A&M limited star Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici to just 199 yards and one touchdown. Texas A&M rotated QBs Kyle Allen (198 passing yards) and Kyler Murray (49 passing yards, 69 rushing) throughout the game, making the team’s convincing win all the more impressive.

1. NO. 15 OLE MISS 43, NO. 2 ALABAMA 37

Date: Sept. 19
Star Player: QB Chad Kelly
Key Stat: Two touchdown receptions of 60+ yards

Why: This win was one for the ages. Ole Miss hadn’t won in Tuscaloosa since 1988, nor beat Alabama in consecutive years in the program’s history. Behind Kelly’s 341 passing yards and Quincy Adeboyejo’s miracle 66-yard deflection touchdown, the Rebels did enough to upset the Crimson Tide in a back-and-forth contest. The Ole Miss victory snapped Alabama’s FBS-long 17-game home winning streak.