College GameDay Not So High On The Hogs

College GameDay, ESPN's weekly college football show previewing Saturday's games, released its predictions Tuesday on the chance of each of the 14 league teams winning their division. Arkansas - due in for SEC Media Days on Wednesday - was given a 0.1 percent of winning the Western Division.

HOOVER, Ala. - Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will arrive at SEC Media Days here on Wednesday with a 0.1 percent of winning the SEC's Western Division according to College GameDay.

College GameDay - ESPN's Saturday weekly college football show previewing its games – released percentages on each of the league's 14 teams chances to win their divisions during its show on Tuesday.

Alabama led the West teams with a 38 percent chance while defending SEC Champ Auburn (26.7), Mississippi State (9.7). LSU (9.5), Texas A&M (9.5), Ole Miss (6.5) and Arkansas - coming off a 3-9 and 0- season - all followed the Crimson Tide.

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said Tuesday that is all fine and dandy, but all of those coaches believe that can get to the SEC Championship in Atlanta.

“I think there's seven coaches in the SEC West that expect to find a way to get to Atlanta and win our side of the league,” Mullen said. “That's not coach talk. I mean there are seven coaches in the SEC West that are sitting there, they look at they expect to go to Atlanta.

“I think that is a pretty unique deal, that that happens,” Mullen added. “I think that shows the depth, that it is a wide open path. I think it has been. Obviously last year with Auburn winning, it was a wide open path last year because I don't think a lot of people expected them to get there.

“I think that just shows within each program the confidence the kids can have that anybody on our side of the league can find a way to win and get themselves in the SEC championship game,” Mullen continued.

Georgia heads up the Eastern Division projections with a 37.5 percent chance while South Carolina (37.2), Florida (16.3), Missouri (7.1), Tennessee (1.0), Kentucky (0.9) and Vanderbilt (0.2).

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier was also at media days on Tuesday and likes his squad, which opens up by hosting Texas A&M on Aug. 28.

“We've got a pretty good team we think,” Spurrier said. “Most of the magazines got us about 9, 10, 11 in the country, something like that. Hopefully we can live up to that prediction.

“But we do have a lot of good players, wonderful attitudes on this team,” Spurrier added. “We're looking forward to seeing what happens August 28th. We start the season on Thursday night. Texas A&M, very good team comes in, Coach (Kevin) Sumlin and his guys.

“We've got them at home – Williams Brice (Stadium),” Spurrier continued. “Got a pretty good win streak going there as most of you know. I know our fans will be pumped up, screaming, yelling, ready to go. We're trying to get the best we can for the opening game and proceed fron there.”

It's not surprising that Tennessee's chances are so low since Coach Butch Jones has over 40 new players when you throw in redshirt and true freshmen.

“For us at Tennessee, we are a little bit different,” Jones said. “We are not at the norm in terms of having to replace a third of our football team. We're having to replace almost half of our football team. This year half of our roster will be brand new.”

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The media's All-SEC team ballots are due on Wednesday and will be announced on Thursday.

Arkansas is likely to be seventh in the voting - same as it was last season when Bielema famously encouraged voters to do just that.

"The lower the better," Bielema said. "I think our kids are carrying a tremendous chip on their shoulder. The same group that's going to vote us a certain place tomorrow is the same group that a year ago today had us in the top five."

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Arkansas will have seniors Brey Cook, Trey Flowers and Alan Turner as its three player representatives for Wednesday's stop at Media Days.

Bielema is scheduled to be in the main ballroom at 2:30 p.m with the trio of Razorback players following that.

Steve Shaw, the SEC's Director of Refereeing, will start Wednesday's session off at 9 a.m and will be followed by Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel at 9:30.

Justin Connolly, ESPN's Senior Vice President of College Networks, will also be in during the morning as well Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff.

LSU head coach Les Miles will open up the Wednesday afternoon session with Bielema following him in.


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