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Study Ranks Tennessee College Football's Most-Underachieving Team In 2017

A high end zone view of the field at Neyland Stadium.

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 06: A general view of the Tennessee Volunteers taking the field before the start of their game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 6, 2007 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Vols did have an extremely disappointing season that led to their head coach being fired.

Tennessee's football program began the 2017 season ranked at the bottom of the top 25. The Vols had hopes of winning the SEC East. The Knoxville program ended up firing Butch Jones midway through the year and finished 4-8.

A Reddit CFB user, archaeo_shane, has ranked the most-overachieving and most-underachieving teams in the country this season based on a metric he came up with.

I've been tinkering with the data from this season, and I took the Sagarin Ratings (which factors in strength of schedule) and the total points from the 247 Team Talent Composite at the beginning of the season.

The line is basically the global average of what coaches were able to do with the talent they had on hand. From there, you can use the distance from the line to the points (i.e. the residuals) as a measure of how well a team under- or over-performed.

Tennessee ended up being college football's most-underachieving team.

The 10 most-underachieving teams:

  1. Tennessee
  2. San Jose State
  3. UTEP
  4. Kansas
  5. Charlotte
  6. Rice
  7. Oregon State
  8. Kent State
  9. Baylor
  10. Florida

You can view the full rankings here.