Last season, Auburn began the season ranked No. 23 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll and No. 22 in the preseason AP Poll.
They had 15 returning starters, a record of 8-5 the previous season and the No. 4 recruiting class in the country.
So there was reason to be optimistic.
But when the pundits crunched the numbers in August, nobody saw the Tigers competing for a national title. Not with a JuCo transfer at quarterback. Not with a rebuilt secondary. Not with their schedule.
Yet, when the smoke had cleared from the SEC championship game against South Carolina, it wasn't preseason No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 16 LSU or No. 17 Arkansas that found themselves 13-0 and looking toward a national championship.
It was the Auburn Tigers.
This Saturday, the AP will release its preseason poll, and there are sure to be some sleepers somewhere in there.
Which team can come out of nowhere and be this season's Auburn?