Can A&M, one-loss SEC teams rebound?

Can Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M get back in the national title race? Scott Halleran/Getty Images

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M Aggies lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, and yet they exited the day desiring to emulate the Tide’s blueprint the past two seasons: lose one game, win the national championship.

“You’ve got no greater example of how to handle one [loss] than the team in the other locker room,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said after the 49-42 loss. “Our goals are still out in front of us.”

But is that something reasonable for a team that gave up 568 total yards and was nearly left for dead, trailing the defending national champs 35-14 in the second half?

The top of the league’s East Division is likely saying the same thing. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are wondering if they can rally from early-season losses to again become players for the conference and national titles.

A look at the SEC’s one-loss contenders leads off the Week 3 takeaways. Also included: heat checks on Lane Kiffin's and Mack Brown’s seats, an extremely weird finish in the desert (likely after your bedtime) and a hot start to the year for the Pac-12.

1. 'Nine more games left'