Media overwhelmingly pick Alabama to win SEC championship; Arkansas picked to finish 4th in West

HOOVER, Ala. — Three-time defending champion Alabama is picked to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll.

Alabama was the preseason choice of 217 of the 243 people who cast ballots at this week's SEC Media Days. The only other school to receive as many as 10 votes was Auburn with 11.

The predicted order of finish in the Western Division was Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi.

Georgia's the favorite in the Eastern Division. Following Georgia in order were Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

The media have correctly picked the SEC champion two of the last three years, but only four times in the last 20 years.

Alabama also had a record 10 first-team picks on the media's preseason all-SEC team.


GoBigRed says...

That is a safe bet.

Posted 14 July 2017, 1:03 p.m. Suggest removal

JPRoland says...

They are really going out on a limb there picking Alabama.

Posted 14 July 2017, 1:19 p.m. Suggest removal

hurricane46 says...

No surprise there.

Posted 14 July 2017, 3:14 p.m. Suggest removal

tomrob says...


Posted 14 July 2017, 3:53 p.m. Suggest removal

Kajon says...

At Bret Bielema's first press conference after accepting the ARK job he stated, "I didn't come here to play Saban. I came here to beat Saban." Looks like he'll have to stay awhile longer.

Do you reckon 4th in the West is good enough for Jeff Long to give him another million dollar bonus?

Posted 14 July 2017, 3:58 p.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

Another overwhelming pick is for the Arkansas Razorhacks to lose to Alabama for the 11th time in a row!!

Posted 14 July 2017, 8:44 p.m. Suggest removal

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