SEC Hype Meter 2018: Which teams are overrated and underrated every offseason?

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It’s that time of year when “talkin’ season” transforms into “prediction season” as media members across the country make their predictions during the various conference media days.

The SEC kicks things off at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta starting on Monday, during which time all of us in attendance will etch our final predictions in stone. Spoiler alert: We are going to be wrong. But which teams will we overrate and which teams typically fly under the radar?

We looked back at the past six preseason predictions (since expansion in 2012) and compared them to how division races actually turned out. Teams are ranked based on their final standing within the division relative to where they were picked in the preseason media poll. Head-to-head results and standard SEC tiebreaker procedures were used to prevent ties being factored into the final standings.

Mississippi State

+10

+1.67

Missouri

+6

+1.0

Kentucky

+4

+0.67

Vanderbilt

+3

+0.5

Florida

+1

+0.17

Ole Miss

+1

+0.17

Texas A&M

+1

+0.17

Alabama

-1

-0.17

Auburn

-1

-0.17

Georgia

-4

-0.67

South Carolina

-4

-0.67

LSU

-5

-0.83

Arkansas

-5

-0.83

Tennessee

-6

-1.0

Overhyped

Pretty close

Underhyped



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