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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Aggies picked as most likely to stumble

By Chris Low

Even before reports surfaced earlier this week that the NCAA was investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signed autographs for profit, fans had their doubts about the Aggies.

In our SportsNation poll last week, we asked which of the five 11-win teams from the SEC last season would most likely take a step back in 2013.

Texas A&M took an early lead, and now with the uncertainty swirling around Manziel, the Aggies have moved way out in front.

With nearly 18,000 votes cast, Texas A&M has received 44 percent of the vote as compared to second-place Florida with 30 percent.

The Gators have faced their own adversity this preseason with quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Matt Jones both being sidelined. Driskel is recovering from appendectomy surgery, while Jones is trying to bounce back from a viral infection. The Gators are hopeful that both players will be back for the season opener against Toledo.

South Carolina checked in at third place in the poll with 12 percent of the vote. Georgia garnered 10 percent, and Alabama was the team fans least expected to fall off with only four percent of the vote.

You don't have to go too far back in this league to find a team that went from 11 wins one season to a losing season the next. Arkansas went from 11-2 in 2011 to 4-8 last season after the firing of Bobby Petrino.

Auburn went from 14-0 and a national championship in 2010 to 8-5 in 2011 and then 3-9 last season, which led to Gene Chizik's ouster.

So the bottom can fall out quickly in this league.

We'll see if that happens to any of the 11-win teams from a year ago.