After a 2006 season that included so many close losses, Texas A&M seemed close to turning around its fortunes in coach Dennis Franchione's fourth year in College Station. The Aggies lost three regular season games by a combined six points -- a four-point loss to Texas Tech and one-point losses to both Oklahoma and Nebraska -- but then rallied to beat Texas in the finale, ending a six-game losing streak in the game that matters most.
Then Texas A&M played California in the Holiday Bowl.
Whether it is a team trying to remain or return to the top or a player stepping into a starting role or coming back from an injury, each new season brings a new set of challenges. With spring practice right around the corner, ESPN.com takes a look at what's next for 10 programs, players or conferences that have something to prove in 2007.