Expectations Eric assembles his new team, the East Dillon Lions. Meanwhile, Tami tries to adapt to the new atmosphere in West Dillon; Matt deals with the realities of life as a townie; and Riggins struggles with college.
On The Outside Looking In Favorite faces are around, but for how long? And new favorites are moving in to replace the old. It's late August as we begin another football season in East Dillon, Texas and hot enough for the radio announcer to declare, "I'm sweatin' like a whore in church."
The Right Hand Of The Father Someone from Vince's past resurfaces; Julie connects with a faculty member; Eric tries to instill discipline in the team; and Buddy is troubled after learning something about his son.
Keep Looking Conflicts in the locker room force Eric to mediate; Luke receives an offer from TMU; Buddy faces parental woes; Tami works with a troubled teen; and a new player joins the Lions.
Kingdom The Lions hit the road; Eric provides recruitment guidance to Vince; four East Dillon students make a pact; Julie's relationship gets more complicated.
Swerve Eric is praised in a popular magazine; a figure from Vince's past makes a demand; Luke digests the news about TMU; Julie's return to college is delayed.
Perfect Record Team secrets are exposed on a Web site during rivalry week; Vince feels torn between Coach Taylor and his dad; and Billy makes a connection with Luke.
Fracture Eric worries he's losing control of the Lions; Tami suspects that a student is being neglected at home; Vince's arrogance creates tension with his teammates; Becky enters a pageant.
Gut Check Eric considers suspending Vince; the possibility of becoming quarterback weighs on Luke; Billy receives unexpected news from Mindy; Becky gets a new job.
Don't Go Eric is recruited by a top college program; Vince takes steps to become a starter again; Tim's friends and family speak on his behalf at his parole hearing; a sports banquet is held for East Dillon.
The March Budget cuts loom for East Dillon; Tami goes to Pennsylvania for a big opportunity; the team look ahead to the playoffs; and Vince is once again responsible for his household.
Small Town Eric receives an enticing offer; Tim greets a familiar face and thinks about his future; a decision is made about East Dillon's football program.
Always The Taylors make big decisions about their future, including a surprising choice by Julie. Elsewhere, the Lions play in the championship game.