Auburn could be in for a drop-off
Tigers, Cowboys and Spartans among the teams that could regress in 2011
Last week we took a look at five teams that should rise in 2010.
This week we will flip that around and take a look at five teams that finished with a winning record in 2010 (and in certain cases, reached 10 wins) but may see a significant drop-off in the win-loss column in 2011.
We evaluated their fall-off potential by looking at five critical categories: (1) a loss of at least eight starters; (2) a tough schedule that includes at least seven teams that went to a bowl or had a winning record in 2010; (3) a significant offensive hurdle to overcome; (4) a significant defensive hurdle to overcome; and (5) an X factor.
Returning starters: offense 3, defense 4, kicker/punter 0
Difficult matchups: Mississippi State (9-4 in 2010), at Clemson (6-7), at South Carolina (9-5), at Arkansas (10-3), Florida (8-5), at LSU (11-2), at Georgia (6-7), Alabama (10-3)
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