Why Texas A&M could regress

Minus a lot of top talent and facing stiff competition, Aggies could slide in '13

Updated: April 12, 2013, 2:45 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

The college football preseason Top 25 is often as much a reflection on a team's performance in the previous season as it is a barometer for where the team will end up at the finish of the upcoming campaign.

That certainly seems to be the case for the Texas A&M Aggies. ESPN Insider Phil Steele predicts that the Associated Press voters will place the Aggies No. 5 in the 2013 preseason Top 25 and, given his prediction track record, it is likely this will happen.

It shouldn't. Even though the Aggies will once again be able to rely on Kevin Sumlin's brilliant coaching and Johnny Manziel's superb skills, this team still has far too many question marks to truly be considered a top-five club.