LSU under Les Miles is one of the most overrated teams in the nation. Rivals did an article a while back. Les disappoints yearly, finishing lower than where he starts in the preseason.
I'm not reading through 10 pages to see if this has been covered yet. And even though I doubt this thread has even a semblance of decent LSU talk at this point (I haven't read past page 1), I am going to post this regardless.
Here is LSU's preseason and end of season ranks according to the AP poll every season since Les has been here...
Year - Preseason Rank - End of Season Rank
2012 - 3 - Currently 7, pending bowls
2011 - 4 - 2
2010 - 21 - 8
2009 - 11 - 17
2008 - 7 - Unranked
2007 - 2 - 1
2006 - 8 - 3
2005 - 5 - 6
If we take 3 games as a "close enough" prediction, then Les' teams had outperformed expectations in 2006 and 2010, while falling short of expectations in 2008 and 2009 (note, I am assuming we win our bowl game and finish at least 6th, bc I'm an optimist). If we go off of straight rankings, LSU overperformed in 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011, while underperforming in 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2012. Pretty damn even. While it would be difficult to argue that Les has his team overplay their expectations on a consistent basis, saying that they consistently underplay them is absurd, and shows a true, unrelenting bias that will prevent you from ever being objective in any discussion concerning our coach