Every year sees college football teams plummet down the top-25 rankings.
Preseason polls are one of the most ridiculous things in sports. Writers and coaches have no real evidence in front of them, yet they try to determine which school is better than the other.
It would be just harmless fun if where a team sits in the early polls, or in some cases the lack of a ranking, didn't affect how far they can progress as the season drags on.
Some schools receive a ranking that looks absolutely foolish by the end of the season. This past year it was the Arkansas Razorbacks. They started out No. 10 in the preseason polls and finished the year 4-8.
While they might not take Arkansas-like drops, here are three schools whose performances will not warrant the early preseason ranking they receive.
Texas A&M Aggies
Few could have thought that Texas A&M's first season in the SEC would have gone so well. The Aggies finished 11-2 and were the only team to beat the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
Johnny Manziel set the SEC record for total yards en route to becoming the first freshman ever to win the Heisman. Good things are on the horizon for the Aggies, but 2013 will be a rough year.
With Manziel, coaches are going to have much more time to adjusts their defenses to neutralize him. The quarterback will remain very good, but he's going to hit a wall in his second year.
He had the benefit of anonymity for a better part of 2012. That's something Manziel won't have in his second go-around. The bulls eye on his back will be enormous.
Damontre Moore and Luke Joeckel are going to be huge losses for the Aggies. Both had huge impacts on their respective sides of the ball.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Much like Texas A&M, nobody could have expected Notre Dame to have the season it did. With a trip to the national title game, the Fighting Irish once again found themselves at the forefront of the college football discussion.
Its loss to Alabama in the BCS title game showed how far Notre Dame needs to go in order to, once again, become the best team in the nation.
As a result of the combination of name recognition and undefeated 2012 regular season, many pollsters will put the Fighting Irish much too high up in the rankings.
They're losing both of their key running backs, Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick, so the offense will find it much more difficult to move the football.
The loss of Manti Te'o is incalculable. The production and inspiration that he brought to the defense cannot be recreated.
South Carolina Gamecocks
With two consecutive 11-2 seasons, Steve Spurrier has gotten the South Carolina Gamecocks near the top of the college football mountain.
The second game of 2013 will make or break the Gamecocks' season. They travel down to Athens to face Georgia. The Bulldogs finished 11-2 as well and are buoyed by the return of Aaron Murray for his senior season.
A win against Georgia would make South Carolina serious national title contenders, especially considering it doesn't have to play Alabama during the regular season.
However, a loss would really hurt their 2013 campaign as the Gamecocks would have to beat the Florida Gators and Clemson Tigers in order to bolster their BCS title credentials.
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