High preseason ranking a blessing or curse?

High preseason rankings often are preludes to a great season — or a great collapse.

Some teams just have a way of disappointing their fans. In the past 10 seasons, 15 teams that opened a season ranked in the top 10 finished unranked.

Perhaps the greatest fall occurred in 2000 when Alabama, coming off a 10-3 finish the previous season, opened No. 3. Unfortunately, that number represented the amount of wins the Crimson Tide managed that season, which led to the ouster of coach Mike DuBose.