Hey, CWright, why don’t you believe in preseason polls?

This. This is why.

Here are 10 prime examples of when an SEC team started in — or quickly climbed into –the top 10 of the AP poll before the bottom fell out.

2010 Florida

Preseason rank: No. 4

Highest rank: No. 4

The rest of the story: The Gators weren’t terrible. They finished 8-5 and won the Outback Bowl. Not terrible. Just not up to the standard Tim Tebow had set when he helped the Gators win the 2006 and 2008 national championships.

It certainly didn’t help that Urban Meyer resigned and re-engaged all before the season opener.

Four of the Gators’ 5 losses were to ranked teams, but they fell out of the poll in early November and never returned.

2014 South Carolina

Preseason rank: No. 9

Highest rank: No. 9

The rest of the story: The Gamecocks had won 11 games each of the previous 3 seasons, finishing in the top 10 each year. Steve Spurrier had the program rolling. They opened the 2014 season ranked No. 9 — and promptly gave up 52 points in a season-opening loss to Texas A&M — the year after Johnny Manziel left. Kenny Hill launched his short-lived legendary status by throwing for 511 yards and 3 TDs.

The Gamecocks upset Georgia a couple of weeks later but were out of the polls for good after losing to Missouri and then Kentucky in consecutive weeks to fall to 3-3. The Gamecocks finished 7-6.

2013 Georgia

Preseason rank: No. 5

Highest rank: No. 5

The rest of the story: Georgia was a play from winning the SEC championship in 2012. The Dawgs returned Aaron Murray and entered 2013 ranked No. 5. They lost the opener at No. 8 Clemson but rebounded immediately with top 10 wins over South Carolina and LSU.

The crushing blows came in mid-October when the Dawgs dropped consecutive games to Missouri and Vanderbilt. They fought their way back into the Top 25 but fell out after losing the Gator Bowl game to finish 8-5.

2016 Texas A&M

Preseason rank: No. 27

Highest rank: No. 6

The rest of the story: Four times in the past 9 seasons, the Aggies have started or quickly ascended into the top 10, only to finish unranked.

The 2014, 2015 and 2016 teams reached the top 10 but finished unranked after disappointing but familiar 8-5 campaigns. That stretch, more than anything else, opened the checkbooks to buy out Kevin Sumlin and hire Jimbo Fisher.

The 2016 season was particularly painful. The Aggies weren’t ranked in the preseason but jumped to No. 10 after just 3 weeks. A 2nd victory over a ranked opponent pushed them to No. 9. They rose steadily, peaking at No. 6 with a 6-0 record.

They proceeded to lose 5 of their final 7 games.

2008 Auburn

Preseason rank: No. 10

Highest rank: No. 9

The rest of the story: Four times in the past 20 seasons, Auburn has finished a season unranked after climbing into the top 10. There’s a reason I jokingly refer to the Tigers as the biggest tease in college sports.

The 2008 season stands out because it’s the only time of those 4 that they finished with a losing record. They yo-yoed in the poll throughout the first half of that season, starting at 10, rising to 9, dropping to 15, rising to 13 and falling to 20 before finally falling out for good. They lost their final 6 SEC games, ending a once-promising season 5-7.

2012 Arkansas

Preseason rank: No. 10

Highest rank: No. 8

The rest of the story: Ah, more Bobby Petrino fallout. The Hogs were coming off consecutive double-digit win seasons and top 12 finishes when Petrino fell from grace. The 2012 team started No. 10 and rose to No. 8 after an opening win against Jacksonville State.

Then? Giant-killer Louisiana-Monroe stunned the Hogs in Week 2, escaping a 14-point deficit in the 4th quarter to force OT, then winning with a TD on 4th-and-1. That loss knocked the Hogs out of the Top 25.

Alabama followed with a 52-0 knockout, and Rutgers and Texas A&M piled on.

Five weeks in, the shell-shocked Hogs were 1-4 and finished 4-8.

2013 Florida

Preseason rank: No. 10

Highest rank: No. 10

The rest of the story: Will Muschamp appeared to break through in Year 2, leading the Gators to an 11-2 record and spot in the Sugar Bowl. They opened at No. 10 but dropped after a lackluster victory over Toledo. They fell farther — to No. 20 — after unranked Miami thumped them in Week 2.

After losing to Missouri to fall to 4-3, the Gators were gone from the polls. That Missouri loss was part of a 7-game losing streak that concluded a 4-8 season.

2008 LSU

Preseason rank: No. 7

Highest rank: No. 3

The rest of the story: LSU won the national title in 2007 but was starting over at multiple skill positions. Matt Flynn and Jacob Hester were gone, but so, too, was DL star Glenn Dorsey. Still, the Tigers started the year at No. 7 and rose to No. 3. They were No. 4 when Tim Tebow and the Gators delivered a season-altering 51-21 beatdown in The Swamp. The Tigers then lost 4 of their next 6 to finish 8-5.

2005 Tennessee

Preseason rank: No. 3

Highest rank: No. 3

The rest of the story: This was the 2nd time in 4 seasons that Phillip Fulmer’s started the year in the top 5 and finished on the outside looking in.

But this was worse than 2002 when the one-time No. 4 Vols still went 8-5 and reached a bowl game.

The 2005 team finished 5-6 — Fulmer’s 1st losing season.

Blame part of it on the schedule. Four of their 6 losses came against teams ranked in the top 10 at kickoff, and 3 of those were on the road.

The head-scratcher, of course, was a 28-24 home loss to Vanderbilt. Jay Cutler threw the game-winning TD pass with about a minute left. That was Fulmer’s 1st (and only) loss to Vandy, and it was Vandy’s 1st win over Tennessee in 22 years.

2000 Alabama

Preseason rank: No. 3

Highest rank: No. 3

The rest of the story: Mike Dubose was entering his 4th — and final year — on the heels of his first 10-win season. The Crimson Tide opened the season at No. 3 — matching their best ranking since 1994.

The positive mojo didn’t last long.

Bama lost its season-opener at unranked UCLA and after losing to Southern Miss 2 weeks later, the Tide disappeared from the rankings. That didn’t stop the losses, however. Alabama finished 3-8.

Here’s a fun fact: That Tide team lost 3 nonconference games in the regular season — 1 more than Nick Saban has suffered since arriving in 2007.