Media Predictions Sometimes Miss

Since the Southeastern Conference went to divisional play in 1992, media have been predicting the SEC champion during the Media Days event. In those previous 18 selections the sportswriters and sportscasters voting have gotten it right a grand total of three times.

Not many bother to make selections. This year only 177 of the 1,000 or so registered media took the time. But those who did made Alabama the overwhelming favorite for the championship.

It's not unusual for the previous year champion to be selected to win. Alabama was 14-0 last year and won both the SEC and national championships. Coach Nick Saban's Bama squad has been undefeated in SEC regular season play the past two years.

The voters also selected the Crimson Tide to defeat Florida in the SEC Football Championship Game on December 4 in Atlanta. Alabama and Florida have faced off in the title game the past two years.

Alabama was on 143 ballots for the winner of the SEC Championship Game and was on 157 ballots to win the Western Division. Florida was predicted to win the SEC title on 17 ballots while Auburn was on seven, Arkansas three, Ole Miss and Georgia two and LSU, South Carolina and Kentucky on one each.

Following Alabama in the Western Division was Arkansas second, Auburn third, LSU fourth, Mississippi State fifth and Ole Miss sixth.

Filling out the Eastern Division, Georgia was predicted to finish second, South Carolina third, Kentucky fourth, Tennessee fifth and Vanderbilt sixth. Florida was on 153 ballots as the first-place team in the Eastern Division.

The media's predicted SEC champion has reached the SEC Championship Game only six times in the 18 years of predictions.

Alabama is predicted to win SEC title for the first time by the media since 2000 and third time total since 1992 (other, 1993).

Alabama has won three SEC Championship Games (the first one in1992, 1999, and 2009) and leads the league with 22 total championships.

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