The formula basically subtracts a team's post-season finish from the preseason ranking. For instance, if Team A is pegged No. 9 in preseason and finishes No 14, its rating for that season would be minus-5. If Team B is pegged No. 19 in preseason and finishes No. 11, its rating would be plus-8.
Cirminiello's research shows that the five most overrated programs over the past 35 years were:
Auburn checked in at No. 7. Among the 31 schools who earned at least 10 preseason top-20 rankings during the past 35 years, the SEC affiliates fared reasonably well … except for Arkansas and Auburn. LSU ranks 16th, with Tennessee 17th, Florida 19th, Alabama 22nd and Georgia 27th.
To view Cirminiello's entire list, with commentary, go to collegefootballnews.com and click on "The Most Overrated Team …" link.