Coach tempers high expectations for East Dillon's impending season; Vince and Luke work to recruit a new player for the Lions' squad; Dillon bids farewell to two alumni as they prepare to leave for college.
Coach finds out not everyone is pleased by the Lions' strong showing in the season opener; Vince's newfound football stardom comes with perks; Luke faces consequences for his aggressive play.
Coach struggles to impose discipline on his players; A figure from Vince's past reenters his life; Julie forms a bond with a faculty member; Buddy receives troubling news about his son.
Coach is forced to play mediator as tensions erupt in the locker room; Luke gets recruited by TMU; Buddy deals with the trials and tribulations of fatherhood; Tami deals with a troubled student; The Lions welcome a new player.
Coach discusses recruitment regulations with Vince and Ornette; The Lions take a road trip; East Dillon's four stars make a pact that will stay with them forever; Julie's inappropriate relationship becomes more complicated.
A popular magazine hails Coach as the ''Kingmaker''; Vince's past catches up to him when an old acquaintance demands he pay his debt; Luke reacts to the truth about TMU; A suspicious car accident delays Julie's return to college.
Rivalry week stirs up controversy when a website makes an embarrassing disclosure about the Lions' players; Vince is caught in the middle between Coach and Ornette; Billy takes Luke under his wing.
Coach fears he's beginning to lose his grip on the team; Tami worries that one of her students is being neglected at home; Vince alienates his teammates through his arrogance; Becky enters a beauty pageant.
Coach threatens to suspend Vince in an attempt to regain control of the team; Luke faces pressure at the prospect of becoming QB-1; Billy learns some surprising news from Mindy; Becky starts a surprising new job.
An elite college football program attempts to lure Coach away from East Dillon; Vince vows to earn his starting spot back; Friends and family speak at Tim's parole hearing; East Dillon holds a Fall Sports Banquet.
As the Lions prepare for state, Coach Taylor is forced to endure the talk of which Dillon team will represent the town next season. With Tammy's new job offer she hopes this is the opportunity to put her dreams first, but Coach Taylor isn't interested in discussing a potential move.