This is about the time every year that we college football fans start picking those teams who will surprise and those teams who will disappoint.
Tennessee took home first prize a few weeks ago as the SEC team that would surprise in 2012, according to the fans of the this blog.
Now, it's time for you guys to pick the SEC team most likely to disappoint in 2012 by voting in our SportsNation poll.
Even those teams not picked to contend for championships can disappoint. For instance, you can bet the folks in Knoxville will be fuming if the Vols check in with a third straight losing season. The same goes for Florida if the Gators are sitting there with four or five losses come November, and I doubt they will be celebrating on the Plains if Auburn loses five games again in 2012.
But the five teams we've selected as candidates for the most disappointing team in 2012 will all start the season ranked in the top 15 nationally.
If Alabama and LSU aren't both in the national championship equation again this season, both teams will be looked upon as disappointments. That's probably not fair, but it's reality. It's a credit to Nick Saban and Les Miles that they've created such enormous expectations.
Arkansas, which gets both Alabama and LSU in Fayetteville this season, certainly has high expectations after winning 21 games over the last two seasons. How will the fallout from Bobby Petrino's ouster affect the Hogs? We should find out soon enough. Alabama visits Razorback Stadium the third week of the season.
In the East, Georgia and South Carolina should again be the class of the division, and the Bulldogs' favorable schedule gives them the edge. Anything less than a trip to Atlanta to play for the SEC championship will not be greeted with a lot of enthusiasm in either Athens or Columbia.
So let us know whose fans will be bumming as the 2012 season comes to an end, and we'll go over the results later this week in the SEC blog.