HOOVER, Ala., – For the third time in four years, Alabama was projected to win the Southeastern Conference championship by those in attendance at SEC Media Days.
The Crimson Tide received 223 votes to win the league outright ahead of LSU, who finished second in the vote total with 59. Tennessee (29), Georgia (7), Florida (5), Ole Miss (4) were also picked to win the conference by media members along with one vote each for Texas A&M, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
Alabama was also picked to win the Western Division with 246 votes followed by LSU (76), Ole Miss (5), Texas A&M (3) and Arkansas (1). Auburn was projected to finish sixth in the division followed by Mississippi State, who was selected last in the West for the second straight year.
MSU has not finished last in the division since Dan Mullen‘s initial season in 2009.
Tennessee garnered 225 votes to be the SEC East champion ahead of Florida, who received 57 votes to win the division. Georgia had 45 first place votes but finished third followed by Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri and South Carolina. The Commodores and Gamecocks received two votes each to win the East.
Only five times since 1992 has the media accurately projected the league’s champion. Last year, the media chose Auburn to win the league outright only to watch the Tigers finish 2-6 in SEC play and finish last in the Western Division.
The Preseason All-SEC team selected by the media will be released on Friday.