Vanderbilt Picked to Finish Last in SEC

As part of the annual SEC Media Days frenzy, members of the media get their vote on and predict what will happen in the SEC football race during the upcoming year. This time honored tradition has so many voting members by now that the overall point totals can be quite high.

Thus the summary of the key points can be found right here:

Probable SEC Champion – Auburn or Alabama

Outside SEC Champion – Georgia

Other Potential SEC Champion – Nope

Only Team to not get an SEC Champion Vote – Vanderbilt

Eastern Division – 1 Georgia, 2 Tennessee, 3 Missouri, 4 South Carolina, 5 Florida, 6 Kentucky, 7 Vandy

Western Division – 1 Alabama, 2 Auburn, 3 LSU, 4 Arkansas, 5 Ole Miss, 6 Texas A&M, 7 Miss State

In summary, the one team in the entire SEC which did not get picked to win its division was Vanderbilt. Yes, Vandy were awful last year, but is there any more reason to think that Kentucky will rise up and beat Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri than Vanderbilt will? The only possible reason to make such a prediction is to then have eternal bragging rights when the shot in the dark comes through.

A closer look at the numbers though shows just how little the SEC media thinks of Vanderbilt right now. When all votes were counted the Commodores had 243 total points. There are 225 writers who get to vote in this poll, thus for Vandy to have such a low total at least 207 of them had to pick Vanderbilt dead last in the East. That is 92 percent of the vote.

Obviously Vanderbilt was terrible last year. Maybe this year they will only be slightly better, but it is disappointing just how far the team has fallen given the run which the ‘Dores had just a couple of years ago. Derek Mason is in a precarious position right now. The funds have been poured into the program to get the facilities to SEC standard, but the public perception is back to old hated “same ole Vandy” levels. There MUST be a dramatic improvement in play on the field this year or Vanderbilt will slip closer toward being nothing more than a laughing stock in an era where that will not be tolerated.

One closing positive thought is to consider: Often the media gets their pre-season picks dead wrong. With new coordinators and a ton of starters back, maybe these 2015 Commodores will just prove the writers wrong once again.

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