The 2013 season is coming (not soon enough, as usual) and battle plans are being drawn up nationwide. Teams are drafting attacks aimed at winning the national championship crystal trophy while others simply are competing to earn better spots in their conferences.
However, "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men oft go awry." (Robert Burns via Phrases.org) No matter how well anyone plans, disaster strikes unannounced and indiscriminately.
For example, South Carolina lost standout running back Marcus Lattimore two consecutive seasons to knee injuries (to different knees, no less). No team is free from the violence that takes place on the field.
Maybe it's something as bad as an injury or maybe a coach relied on a part of a team that wasn't as good as expected. Either way, coaches don't always get paid to do great things with great people.
They get paid to develop contingency plans as well. When things go wrong, do they just wait for the next season? Not the great ones. The great ones take what they have left and make a team out of the tools that remain.
Here are the Final AP Top 25 teams, their biggest potential disasters, and their coaches' emergency plans to overcome the potential downfalls for this season.