Auburn the most overrated preseason team from the SEC in the history of the AP poll
Without fail, each and every season has its fair share of teams that are overrated in the preseason polls. SEC fans annually love to argue regarding which team is the most overrated, not only for the upcoming season but historically in the conference, as well as the nation. Depending on who you ask, you could get a different answer each and every time based on where loyalties exist.
Instead of continuing the never ending debate, Jason Kirk of SB Nation rounded up the most overrated teams in the 67-year history of the AP Poll by selecting one team each season that fell flat on its face after being selected fairly high in the AP’s preseason poll.
Based on Kirk’s methodology, Auburn has historically proven to be the most overrated school from the SEC. The Tigers were the only SEC team to be featured on the list four times, while Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Florida were all featured three times. The only SEC school that failed to earn so much as a mention on this list was Vanderbilt — the Commodores would have to be ranked before being considered overrated.
Here’s the breakdown of each SEC school and which seasons they proved to be the biggest flop in the nation:
Auburn: 2015, 2008, 2003, 1975
Alabama: 2000, 1997, 1982
Arkansas: 1990, 1980, 1972
Florida: 2013, 1986, 1953
LSU: 1998, 1989, 1974
Georgia: 1993, 1969
Mississippi State: 2001, 1964
Tennessee: 2005, 1988
Texas A&M: 2011, 1996
Ole Miss: 1964