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SEC: Which teams are most likely to flop, most likely to surprise

Auburn is hoping new coach Gus Malzahn can turn the program around in a hurry. (Source: Todd Van Emst/AU) Auburn is hoping new coach Gus Malzahn can turn the program around in a hurry. (Source: Todd Van Emst/AU)
Alabama is picked No. 1 in preseason polls, but an injury to quarterback AJ McCarron could change all that. (Source: UA media relations) Alabama is picked No. 1 in preseason polls, but an injury to quarterback AJ McCarron could change all that. (Source: UA media relations)
Mizzou star James Franklin's rash of injuries last year caused the Tigers to underperform. He's well now. (UM athletics) Mizzou star James Franklin's rash of injuries last year caused the Tigers to underperform. He's well now. (UM athletics)
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    Collin Sexton at Alabama basketball practice. (Source: WBRC video)Collin Sexton at Alabama basketball practice. (Source: WBRC video)

    Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson said on Friday that he expects freshman Collin Sexton to be eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Arkansas.

    Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson said on Friday that he expects freshman Collin Sexton to be eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Arkansas.

  • Alabama football hires two new assistant coaches

    Alabama football hires two new assistant coaches

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    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced Thursday the addition of Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski to the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Enos will serve as an associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Tide, while Kuligowski will be an associate head coach and coach the defensive line. 

    Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced Thursday the addition of Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski to the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Enos will serve as an associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Tide, while Kuligowski will be an associate head coach and coach the defensive line. 

  • SEC announces lineup for SEC Media Days

    SEC announces lineup for SEC Media Days

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    Media Days kickoff July 16 from Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame and  Alabama head coach Nick Saban will speak on day three and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn on day four.

    Media Days kickoff July 16 from Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame and  Alabama head coach Nick Saban will speak on day three and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn on day four.

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    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.
  • LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

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    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. 
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. 
  • LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 12:06 PM EDT2015-08-05 16:06:42 GMT
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    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. 
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. 
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  • Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:44 PM EST2018-01-17 04:44:02 GMT
    Source: SEC NetworkSource: SEC Network

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

  • Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT
    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

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  • Ole Miss continues to fall on the road

    Ole Miss continues to fall on the road

    Saturday, January 20 2018 10:33 PM EST2018-01-21 03:33:03 GMT
    Ole Miss traveled to face Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Rebels are still seeking their first road win of the season.  After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, Ole Miss cut Arkansas' lead to as few as two with 12 seconds left, but the Razorbacks had a 50-38 lead at intermission. Terence Davis had a game high 30 points. Jaylen Barford, the SEC's third leading scorer, put up 23 points against the Rebs. Barford had 16 in the second half alone. Arka...
    Ole Miss traveled to face Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Rebels are still seeking their first road win of the season.  After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, Ole Miss cut Arkansas' lead to as few as two with 12 seconds left, but the Razorbacks had a 50-38 lead at intermission. Terence Davis had a game high 30 points. Jaylen Barford, the SEC's third leading scorer, put up 23 points against the Rebs. Barford had 16 in the second half alone. Arka...
  • Bret Bielema on Ole Miss: "You gotta prepare and expect everything."

    Bret Bielema on Ole Miss: "You gotta prepare and expect everything."

(RNN) - Every football season, one or two SEC teams exceed all expectations. Likewise, it seems, a couple of others find ways to stink it up more than anyone could have anticipated.

Last year's king of all surprise was newcomer Texas A&M, winner of the Cotton Bowl, shocker of Alabama, producer of Johnny Football and all that entails.

There were other unforeseen delights, depending on your point of view:

Vanderbilt, which won nine games, the most since the Earth's crust cooled.
Ole Miss lost some it should have won, won some it should have lost and was never dull.
Alabama turned out to be far more juggernaut-y than anticipated.

Last year's biggest disappointments:

Call it a tie between Arkansas and Auburn, which matched each other blow-for-blow in the weekly struggle to create an epidemic of clinical depression among its fan base.

With the season just days away, here is our overview of the teams most likely to spread unlikely joy and unforeseen sorrow.

Possible disappointments:

Alabama - The Crimson Tide has the furthest to fall – and two losses would be the apocalypse. Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU are all capable of sending Alabama to the Capital One Bowl. And if quarterback AJ McCarron gets hurt,  Bama will need to break out the old wishbone playbook.

LSU -  Half the team came out early and went to the NFL. And there is a feeling that the karma may be shifting for the ever-lucky Les Miles and his Tigers. For a quick barometer of what to expect, catch the season opener against TCU, which has 17 starters back off a pretty sporty little team.

Texas A&M - If Johnny Manziel is declared ineligible for writing his own name on stuff for people crazy enough to give him fat stacks for it, expect Texas A&M to tumble to the realm of upper-middle mediocrity. If he starts making passes as dumb as his off-season tweets, oh lawd.

Ole Miss – With their wickedly top-loaded schedule, the Rebels could be 1-6 before the leaves turn. If things go the other way and they are 7-0 at the same time, Hugh Freeze will be one miracle short of sainthood.

Vanderbilt – Was 9-4 a once-in-a-century achievement? Chances are.

Possible surprises:

Tennessee - Last year's spiral into utter ineptitude was an anomaly in the Orange World. New coach Butch Jones, unlike his past two predecessors, is an actual football coach and has put together a good staff and recruited well. The Vols are young, but are a good bet to make a bowl this year – and they have a home schedule that could produce a goal-post-threatening signature win.

Auburn - The Tigers weren't as bad as last year's 3-9, no-wins-in-the-SEC record indicated. They were bad, really, really bad, sure. But not 140-21 total score against A&M, UGA and Bama bad. Gus Malzahn is an offensive wizard, and it's hard to imagine a scenario under which the defense won't be better.

Missouri - After a rough first year in the SEC, the Tigers have a better idea of what to expect - and a much more favorable schedule. If Dorial Beckham-Green comes out of his coma and James Franklin stays well, at least six wins and a bowl trip are likely, and even better things are possible.

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