Sometimes it’s hard to think of an SEC team as underrated; most people generally think highly of the conference heading into the football season. However, per SEC Country, one SEC team took the distinction as the most underrated team of the past five seasons: Missouri.
Using data from from each year’s AP Polls, Missouri was determined as the most underrated team on average. The same data set also explored the most underrated team from the past 10 and 25 seasons, which turned out to be Utah in both cases.
The bulk of Missouri’s underrated status comes from the 2013 and 2014 seasons where the Tigers won back-to-back SEC East championships and finished in the Top 15 of the AP Poll both seasons. Missouri was unranked to start the 2013 season, and ranked 24 to start the 2014 season. Missouri hasn’t had as much success since, but they have been “protected” here by not being highly ranked to start the season in those years.
As far as overrated, Georgia took that honor for both the past five and 10 seasons. SEC Country pointed out the damning stats that led to the Bulldogs taking such an honor.
Except for 2001, Georgia has been in the preseason top 25 every year since 1998. It has not been in the final poll five of the last eight years. The biggest drop-off was 2013 when the Bulldogs were No. 5 at the start of the season and went 8-5. They also went 6-7 in 2010.
The Bulldogs might have a chance to improve on that this year; they are currently trending between 10-20 in most preseason polls for this upcoming season, and they could have a great season if their offensive line really starts to improve.