Now that the college football season has come to a close it’s time to look at the biggest under and over achievers of the season. This is going to be fairly simple. We’re going to take a look at the combined recruiting rankings for teams over the last 4 years and use that data to find out who is squeezing the most out of their recruits and who is squandering their talent. I know we could go with 5 years of classes to account for redshirts but there are also players that leave early so we’ll just bank on the fact that it should even out. I am going to use Rivals recruiting rankings. If that is a problem for you then rewrite the article using ESPN, Scout, or another service and email it to me.
Let’s first get the top 25 combined 4 year recruiting rankings.
Alabama had the #1 four year recruiting class and finished #1 this year. Boring. Let’s look at the top 25 sorted by Overachieveness.
We’ll use the final AP Top 25 poll since it includes Tattoo U.
|Rank||Team||Recruiting Rank||AP Rank||Achieveness|
The Aggies take the top spot of Overachieving. Between this and having the Heisman winner they may want to settle down. Nobody likes a showoff.
Now it’s time to sift through the dumpster and see who was the biggest underachiever this year. Here is the trash sorted by recruiting rank and final record.
Now you can easily make a case to slide USC up past Tennessee into the 3 slot, maybe even all the way up to the 2 slot since having the combined 3rd ranked recruiting class resulted in a 7-6 season including a bowl loss to a 7-7 Georgia Tech team.
Either way though Auburn was the biggest underachiever of the year. The War Eagle must have been drunk for the season. They went 0-8 in the SEC and failed to beat a BCS conference team. Their wins included an OT game vs Louisiana Monroe, New Mexico State, and Alabama A&M. A truly awful year. Historically bad. All this with the combined #8 four year recruiting class. Bollocks.