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Media picks Alabama to win SEC

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We’ll finally get to see Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel on the same field if South Carolina and Texas A&M make it to the SEC Championship Game in December.

Based on the preseason predictions from the media, at least, that’s not going to happen.

Alabama has been picked with 182 out of 243 voters to win the SEC this season. Georgia finished second with 38 votes to win the SEC, followed by 18 for South Carolina, Texas A&M with four, and LSU with one. Not coincidentally, the Tide and the Bulldogs are projected by the media to win the West and East divisions, respectively, putting the two in a rematch from the 2012 SEC championship game.

For what it’s worth, the media has picked the SEC champion incorrectly 17 out of the last 21 times.

Here’s how the preseason standings shook out (first-place votes in parentheses):

SEC Champion 
Alabama – 182
Georgia – 38
South Carolina – 18
Texas A&M – 4
LSU – 1

EAST
Georgia (149) – 1570
South Carolina (75) – 1474
Florida (19) – 1300
Vanderbilt – 858
Tennessee – 694
Missouri – 577
Kentucky – 331

WEST
Alabama (225) – 1681
Texas A&M (11) – 1333
LSU (7) – 1324
Ole Miss – 883
Auburn – 579
Mississippi State – 516
Arkansas – 488

The media also named their first, second and third All-SEC teams. Manziel is the SEC’s first-team quarterback, with Clowney highlighting the media’s pick for first-team defense. The Tide have seven first-team All-SEC selections followed by Florida and LSU with three. You can see the second and third teams, as well as the voting breakdown, on the SEC’s website HERE.

First-Team Offense
QB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (119)
RB – T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (221)
RB – Todd Gurley, Georgia (206)
WR – Amari Cooper, Alabama (194)
WR – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)
TE – Arthur Lynch, Georgia (148)
OL – Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)
OL – Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)
OL – Anthony Steen, Alabama (109)
OL – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (88)
C – Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)

First-Team Defense
DL – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223)
DL – Dominique Easley, Florida (162)
DL – Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)
DL – Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)
LB – C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)
LB – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (107)
LB – Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (94)
DB – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)
DB – Craig Loston, LSU (135)
DB – Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (117)
DB – Deion Belue, Alabama (77)

First-Team Specialists
P – Kyle Christy, Florida (108)
PK – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (100)
RS – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (74)
AP – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)

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18 Responses to “Media picks Alabama to win SEC”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jul 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    “Ha-Ha”….REALLY!!! Someone actually named their son Ha-Ha!!! And I thought Jadeveon’s name a little strange. But “Ha-Ha”??? Great for his self-esteem.

  2. mountaineers0614 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:47 AM

    it’s a nickname. his name is Ha’sean

  3. thegamecocker says: Jul 18, 2013 9:57 AM

    Thank you for the info. Ha’sean much better than his nick-name. Hope the Mountaineers have a great season in Big 12. You sure dominated my second favorite team, Rutger’s Scarlet Knights.

  4. ndnut says: Jul 18, 2013 9:57 AM

    Still better than “D’Brickashaw.”

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    Of course Alabama was chosen by the media. They obviously looked at Alabama’s schedule.

    When you play two teams (Tennessee and Kentucky) whose combined record last season in the SEC last season was 1-15, the media determines those games won’t be that hard this season either for Alabama. Two or maybe three games in the West may provide some challenge for the Tide.

    “For what it’s worth, the media has picked the SEC champion incorrectly 17 out of the last 21 times.” Now, that matters. Thanks, Ben, for letting us know the reliability of the source, that does make a difference.

  6. tigersgeaux says: Jul 18, 2013 10:12 AM

    Ha Ha ?
    D’Brickashaw ?

    A teacher t0ld me a couple of years ago she taught a young man who name was Lemonjello (Lee-mon-jello). Last year she taught his brother Orangejello (O-range-jello). Both were football players, on the same team.

  7. sillec28 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:40 AM

    Strange that South Carolina got so many more votes than Florida when Florida’s record against them going back several decades is 24-6 and we trounced them last year 41-21.

  8. malkinrulez says: Jul 18, 2013 11:31 AM

    Gators are putrid

  9. classyjacklambert says: Jul 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    @Tigergeaux

    That has to be one of the oldest stalest jokes there is.

  10. tlmoon2112 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:23 PM

    Roll Turd!!

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2013 12:30 PM

    Best name I’ve ever saw was Shadynasty. Is it Sha-dynasty? or Shady-nasty?? Who knows….

    I’m gonna pick Bama v SC in the SEC championship with Bama winning again…. blah…

  12. slartibartfast4242 says: Jul 18, 2013 1:08 PM

    “Ha Ha Clinton-Dix,” say it out loud and it sounds like an old Monica Lewinsky joke. giggity

  13. parkcityute says: Jul 18, 2013 3:11 PM

    That Lemonjello and Orangejello got me. Apparently, I am not as old as some posters on her so that one was new to me.

    Some funny posts on here. We are a little punch drunk. It is the last quarter of the off season. We need college football!

  14. thermanmerman99 says: Jul 18, 2013 6:03 PM

    how many hours does saban spend dyeing his hair and visiting tanning salons each week? this guy is like a 60 something year old justin beiber with a major napoleon complex (little man syndrome) since he is basically a dwarf.

  15. thirty2ncountin says: Jul 19, 2013 12:15 AM

    Alabama to win the SEC? Way to go out on a limb. Let me guess, they also picked the south to be last in education…

  16. thegamecocker says: Jul 19, 2013 8:23 AM

    @thirty2ncountin

    Based on your comment, I’m surprised you can count up to 32…..another stereotypical comment from an ignorant person.

  17. jets12 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:13 AM

    thermanmerman99 let’s assume that everything you say is true. What does any of it have to do with his coaching ability? You would be ecstatic if he were the coach of your team.

  18. florida727 says: Jul 19, 2013 10:59 AM

    Still think the funniest part of Media Days was when Saban pointed out that the media has only predicted 4 of the last 21 national champions accurately, then said, “now if I was 4 and 17…”, and he just let it hang there in the air. Whether you like him or not, that was priceless.

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