If you play in the SEC and you're not doing everything you can to get better throughout the year, it's going to show. While a number of premier teams in the conference have enjoyed successful seasons in 2013, not everybody is going to improve upon their win total in 2014.
It's just how it goes, and though fans will often choose to remain hopeful and optimistic about their program's future, things happen, and dreams of 10-win seasons can quickly become pleads for bowl eligibility.
How do you define regression? Is it which bowl game you land in, whether you beat your rival or maybe the win total compared with the previous year?
We're going to focus on that last definition, which automatically rules out Kentucky and Arkansas from the discussion. Neither team had a win in conference play, and with only five wins total between the two, odds of regression are slim.
With a numbers of players still deciding whether to enter the NFL draft, this exercise becomes more complicated. But we're going to make educated guesses and select five teams that will be taking a step back in 2014.
All stats via ESPN unless otherwise noted