HOOVER, Ala. | The assembled media have cast their ballots, and the preseason All-SEC team was released this morning. Mississippi State placed three players on the team: offensive lineman Gabe Jackson and cornerback Johnthan Banks were both second team, while linebacker Cam Lawrence and Banks (as a specialist) were on the third team.
That's it. Banks on the second team. The media voted on DBs, not corners and safeties, and so only one cornerback actually made the first team – LSU's Tyrann Mathieu. The other three guys were Alabama's Robert Lester, Georgia's Bacarri Rambo and LSU's Eric Reid.
All of those guys are very fine players, but there are a lot of folks (me included) who believe Banks is one of the top two cornerbacks in the league. Some believe he's top five in the country.
The media also predicted the order of finish, and MSU was tabbed to finish sixth in the Western Division. Another head-scratcher, especially when you consider that Vegas will likely make MSU the favorite when Auburn and Texas A&M visit Starkville. Predicted order of finish in West: LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, MSU, Ole Miss, and the Rebels received a first-place vote so that person needs to be tossed out of a 10th-floor window here at the Wynfrey.
In the East: Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky. UT got four first-place votes. Y'all should no longer wonder why I don't vote in this thing.
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