Alabama Predicted To Win SEC Title

Alabama Coach Nick Saban had glowing praise for the intellect of sports reporters when he made his annual address at Southeastern Conference Media Days Friday.

Told that Alabama had been the over-whelming choice of the media to win this year's SEC Championship, Saban said that he first wanted to congratulate the media on being able to pick a pre-season champion. He said he wasn't smart enough to do that.

Some may feel that Saban was being a bit sarcastic.

Alabama is predicted to win this year's SEC Championship. Bama received 98 first place votes on the 167 ballots cast. It should be pointed out that over 900 media were in attendance.

Alabama was followed by two other SEC Western Division teams in the voting for the overall championship. LSU had 29 first place votes and Arkansas 18. Others receiving votes were South Carolina with 14, Georgia with four, Florida two, and Ole Miss two.

Alabama received 111 first place votes to be selected pre-season first in the Western Division, followed by LS with 30, Arkansas with 23, Mississippi State with 1, Auburn -- the defending national champion -- did not receive a vote for first but was fifth in the SEC West, and Ole Miss with two.

In the Eastern Division, South Carolina was picked first, Georgia second, Florida third, Tennessee fourth, Kentucky fifth, and Vanderbilt sixth.

Alabama is predicted to win the SEC Championship by the media for the fourth time since 1992.  The previous times (and the actual finish) were:  1993 (lost in SEC Championship Game), 2000 (tied for fifth in West) and 2010 (fourth in West).

The media have accurately predicted the SEC Champion three times since 1992.  In six years, the projected SEC Champion has reached the SEC Championship Game.

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