No reason not to make Tide the favorite


Photographs by Associated Press

Alabama NCAA college football player Minkah Fitzpatrick speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

There were no real surprises when the SEC released the media's picks for where the 14 teams will be in the standings when the season ends.

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arkateacher54 says...

How hard can it be to pick the SEC champion? Since Ole Miss won their last of 6 championships in 1962, the Big 6 (Bama, LSU, Aub, Fla, GA and Tenn) has won every one except Kentucky in 1976. In conference history the Big 6 have won 78 titles, former members 8, Ole Miss 6, Kentucky 2 and Miss St. 1. 5 have won zero and 3 have never won a division title. The Big 6 has won every championship game and taken 43 out of 50 spots in the game. You have a 16.7% chance of making the right pick by drawing a Big 6 name out of a hat. Or you would have a 31% by just picking Alabama, which is better than the media's 24% success rate. So I pick - Alabama! with Auburn and LSU as west dark horses, and either Florida, Tennessee or Georgia to represent the east.

Posted 16 July 2017, 7:26 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

Arkateacher54 pretty much has it right.

Wally goes to great lengths to deny homerism, which means the label fits all the more. Big difference between picking Auburn or LSU for West, or picking Arkansas. It's not the same thing.

Posted 16 July 2017, 2:16 p.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

Hall can't pick horses either.

Posted 16 July 2017, 9:29 p.m. Suggest removal

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