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Missouri Picked to Finish 6th in SEC's Eastern Division

Missouri was picked to finish sixth in the SEC Eastern Division by media at SEC Media Days.

The Southeastern Conference announced the results of the media voting on Thursday and Missouri was picked to finish sixth out of seven teams in the Eastern Division. 

The Tigers, who went 5-7 a year ago and have a new coach in Barry Odom, garnered 807 points. They were were picked to finish behind Tennessee (2,167 points), Florida (1,891), Georgia (1,860), Kentucky (933) and Vanderbilt (810) and ahead of only South Carolina (800). 

Tennessee received 225 first-place votes. Florida (57), Georgia (45), Vanderbilt (2) and South Carolina (2) also received first-place votes. Kentucky and Missouri did not. 

Alabama (2,220 points, 246 first-place votes) was picked to win the Western Division, followed by LSU (1,984, 76), Mississippi (1,479, 5), Texas A&M (1,130, 3), Arkansas (1,047, 1), Auburn (890) and Mississippi State (518).

The league announced that 331 media members in attendance participated in the vote. That is an all-time high. 

Alabama, the reigning national champion, was picked to win the SEC championship, with LSU and Tennessee next.

The predicted champion at SEC Media Days has won the league just three times in the last 20 years and five times in 1992. 

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