Hoover, Ala.--The 2016 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days came to an end on Thursday with the Auburn Tigers being predicted to finish sixth place in the SEC West.
Coach Gus Malzahn’s Tigers posted a 7-6 record last season after being picked to win the overall league title. This year’s pick to be the SEC champion is 2015 winner, Alabama.
Alabama received 246 first place votes to win the SEC West and 2,220 poll points from media attending the four-day event. LSU is picked to finish second after receiving 76 first place votes and 1,984 points.
Ole Miss is picked to finish third. The Rebels received five first place votes and 1,479 points. Texas A&M is next with 1,130 points and three first place votes. Arkansas is fifth with 1,047 points and one first place votes.
Auburn, which totaled 890 points, did not receive any first place votes nor did Mississippi State, which is predicted to finish seventh in the SEC West with 518 points.
Junior defensive end Carl Lawson, who represented the Tigers at SEC Media Days, is expected to be a key performer for the 2016 Auburn team.
Tennessee is the pick in the SEC East with 225 first place votes and 2,167 points. Florida is No. 2 with 1,891 points and 57 first place votes. Georgia received 45 first place points and 1,860 points.
Kentucky is picked to finish to fourth in the SEC East with 933 points and no first place votes. Vanderbilt, which received two first place votes, is fifth with 810 points, just ahead of Missouri (807 points) and a South Carolina team (800 points) that also received two first place votes.
The SEC is scheduled to announce its preseason all-league teams on Friday.