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Media picks Alabama to win SEC; South Carolina is SEC East favorite

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Today is the final day of SEC Media Week, which means it is time to crown a preseason favorite from each division. The media assembled in Hoover, Alabama have crowned Alabama as the SEC favorite this season. South Carolina was tabbed the preseason favorite in the SEC East by the media as well.

Alabama received 154 points from the media as the overall conference favorite. Defending SEC champion Auburn received the second most votes with 75. SEC East favorite South Carolina took 32 votes, followed by Georgia (19) and LSU (nine). Ole Miss (two), Arkansas (one) and Mississippi State (one) each received a vote to win the SEC this season as well. Defending SEC East champion Missouri did not receive any championship votes.

The SEC looks to be a pretty wide-open conference this fall, at least more so compared to past seasons. Alabama running away with the votes is a testament to the recruiting efforts of the Crimson Tide coaching staff over the years. It may be somewhat surprising to see a team filling in a number of holes be such a favorite in the conference, but Nick Saban and his staff have done well to reload time and time again.

On another note, it is interesting to see such a predicted drop by Texas A&M in the post-Johnny Manziel era. The Aggies are picked to finish sixth in the SEC West.

Here is how the divisions have been predicted by the media (courtesy of TideSports.com);

SEC East

South Carolina

Georgia

Florida

Missouri

Tennessee

Vanderbilt

Kentucky

 

SEC West

Alabama

Auburn

LSU

Ole Miss

Mississippi State

Texas A&M

Arkansas

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36 Responses to “Media picks Alabama to win SEC; South Carolina is SEC East favorite”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 17, 2014 10:36 AM

    Sorry knuckle draggers, but the following teams are average or below:
    Florida
    Missouri
    Tennessee
    Vanderbilt
    Kentucky
    Ole Miss
    Mississippi State
    Arkansas

    For those of you who understand math, that is 57% of the conference.

    Judging by the media picks here, A&M will be below average with Johnny Dirt Bag.

    Best conference in football? Please…

  2. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:55 AM

    Arguably the following teams are average or below:

    Illinois
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Minn.
    Michigan
    Nebraska
    Northwestern
    Perdue
    Penn St.
    Rutgers

    For those of you who understand math, that is 71% of the conference.

  3. mydixienormus says: Jul 17, 2014 10:56 AM

    I am not a Big 10 guy.

    I wouldn’t call Nebraska average though.

    Penn State is a little above average.

  4. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:57 AM

    Arguably the following teams are average or below:

    Iowa St.
    Kansas
    Kansas St.
    TCU
    Texas Tech
    WVU

    For those of you who understand math, that is 60% of the conference.

  5. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:58 AM

    Arguably the following teams are average or below:

    Arizona
    Arizona St.
    Cal
    Colorado
    Oregon St.
    Utah
    Washington
    Washington St.

    For those of you who understand math, that is 66% of the conference.

  6. kaspauf says: Jul 17, 2014 10:58 AM

    If and it is a big IF UF clicks on offense they will be good because the defense has not really been an issue. Last season at one point Miami had 4 drives for -23 yards, UF had about as many season ending injuries to starters as you can have at 8 not even including their backups who also had quite a few season ending injuries, we ended the season on a suppose to be a RS freshman but he had to play due to QBs that kept getting hurt. Driskel is a spread guy as he was recruited by ‘that coach up north’ and Roper is all about spread, if he can help turnaround Duke he can do the same here (not to mention some other coach didn’t do too bad at Duke before coming to UF) This is make or break for Muschamp, if he lets Roper do his thing then having a system in place that is perfect for Driskel is what we will see. Something a lot of people forget is this Florida team was 11-2 the season before, the special teams killed us last year and the injury bug was not prevalent at UF BUT the offense was just as bad. Will be interesting to see this play out but calling Florida below average is a joke.

  7. mydixienormus says: Jul 17, 2014 11:00 AM

    I am a Pac 12 guy and you are high germanfl….

    AZ State and Washington are not average.

  8. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:00 AM

    Arguably the following teams are average or below:

    BC
    Duke
    Georgia Tech.
    Louisville
    Miami
    UNC
    NC St.
    Pitt
    Syracuse
    UVA
    Wake Forest

    For those of you who understand math, that is 73% of the conference.

  9. vanmorrissey says: Jul 17, 2014 11:04 AM

    Yo, germanflats13a38, include Maryland in there and Perdue>>Purdue. Brings it to 79% average or below!

  10. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:07 AM

    I just said arguably. You included Missouri who had an above average record last year so I included teams that seemed similar.

    I don’t really expect any of the teams I listed to win their conferences, except maybe Kansas St. That was the one I had the most trouble with.

  11. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:10 AM

    Lost track of Maryland.

    Dagnabit. I even double checked my spelling of Purdue before typing it. I should proof, but it’s hard to do on my phone.

  12. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:16 AM

    I included Nebraska after talking to a coworker who told me he was “…tired of Nebraska being average.”

  13. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:29 AM

    Washington

    Last 5 years: 35-29 or 54.7%
    5-10 years: 12-47 or 20.3%

    Arizona St.

    Last 5 years: 34-30 or 53%
    5-10 years: 38-24 or 61%

    They both had good years last year. Are they expected to continue. Washington just lost a coach so I have no expectations. Wasn’t most of Arizona St.’s defense and 2/3 of the OL seniors last year. That could be trouble.

  14. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:32 AM

    Florida will not be successful until they find a decent QB.

    I do not think Florida will have a decent QB ready to play opening day.

  15. mydixienormus says: Jul 17, 2014 11:45 AM

    Washington’s coaching change was a major upgrade.

    Huskies fans try to forget the Tyrone Loserham years.

    I hope you are right about AZ State. Hate those guys. They smoked the Huskies like a country ham last year…

  16. kaspauf says: Jul 17, 2014 11:58 AM

    Germanflats: do you think Nick Marshall could play in the pocket and not ever rely on his scrambling? Driskel is a spread option QB bottom line, he is not meant to play pro style because he actually can run the ball and was recruited as a spread QB not the pocket passer that Muschamp tried to make him to be.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 17, 2014 12:00 PM

    Mizzou

    Last 5 years: 43-22 or 66%
    5-10 years: 42-22 or 65%
    Bowl record: 5-4

    Florida

    Last 5 years: 43-22 or 66%
    5-10 years: 51-14 or 78% (includes 2 national titles)
    Bowl Record: 7-3

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 17, 2014 12:11 PM

    And I’m not sure how you call Florida average… They had a bad year last year in which they were ravaged by injuries to key players including their QB. They were in a BCS bowl the previous year.

    In fact Florida has been to 7 BCS games (5-2) and won 2 titles in the BCS era.

    The very best PAC 12 team doesn’t have those credentials.

  19. mydixienormus says: Jul 17, 2014 12:13 PM

    You are right. Florida is below average, not just average.

  20. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 12:14 PM

    @ mydixienormus

    I’m confused.

    Are you saying that there was a coaching update from:

    A. Willingham to Sarkisian
    B. Sarkisian to Petersen
    C. Both

    I think you were saying both.

    I was commenting more on the fact that there was a change. It seems that everyone has some trouble the first year. I don’t know its fair to have huge expectations the first year. Doesn’t mean that we won’t get a surprise.

  21. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 17, 2014 12:20 PM

    @kaspauf

    Is Florida changing its offense to match Driskel’s talents? Do you think that Driskel is as good as Marshall?

    I only have questions, and nothing to base having a positive expectation. Marshall was a surprise last year. Driskel would need to be a happy surprise in order for Florida to have a good year.

    If Driskel can’t play faster, and/or if he has problems with his new duties (I.e. Line protection calls), then I would expect him to struggle. Like most teams, Florida’s success is tied to its QB.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 17, 2014 12:58 PM

    mydixienormus says:
    Jul 17, 2014 12:13 PM

    You are right. Florida is below average, not just average.
    _________________________

    If Florida is below average, what is Washington?

    A doormat?

  23. Deb says: Jul 17, 2014 1:18 PM

    Can’t remember when I’ve had more fun reading a thread! Haven’t seen you around here before germanflats13a38. Welcome aboard! :)

  24. ratedgap says: Jul 17, 2014 1:29 PM

    Gotta agree with Deb here. That’s what you call setting the record straight.

  25. dryzzt23 says: Jul 17, 2014 1:37 PM

    Media = ppl who never played the game but present themselves as experts on every aspect of the game.

    This should be done by the coaches in this conference. They actually KNOW these teams and players better than anyone else and they’d have a damn good idea of how good they will be.
    For example I’m pretty sure these teams all recruit the same players. Therefore they all know those players strengths and weaknesses.

  26. kaspauf says: Jul 17, 2014 1:43 PM

    Germanflats:

    More like Muschamp is going against his belief a pro style works ( he was set it would and it does for some teams but not this one ) Driskel was the number 1 dual threat QB coming out of hs, he was recruited by ‘that coach up north’ and honored his commitment when he left for Ohio St. He was always meant to play a fast tempo spread and now he gets the chance. The defense will be fine, it will have some growing pains but nothing like other teams in the conference will endure. The schedule is tough but if the offense can be mediocre ( yes, I said that right mediocre because with all the injuries last year because when you lose 21 scholarship players to injury throughout the season with over half of those being season ending mediocre was a far cry ) but yes Mediocre this season and UF will be good, not great but 9-3 is possible because the amount of injuries UF suffered last year was ridiculous and about as bad as it gets out there ( yes more than uga last year as well ).

  27. dcroz says: Jul 17, 2014 9:03 PM

    We now know that neither Alabama nor Auburn will win the SEC this year. The media is notorious for not picking the correct winner at Media Days (as Saban pointed out last year) and no team has repeated as SEC champion since Tennessee in 1997 & 1998. As a ‘Bama fan I hope this is that rare year where the scribes get lucky and actually hit the pick, but history doesn’t look good.

  28. 24pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    Agree with Deb – GREAT to see a lively debate with fact-based arguments. Good stuff.

  29. florida727 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:40 PM

    Since 50% of the teams finish higher up in the conference standing than the 50% that finish below them in the conference standings, I’m going to predict that 50% of the teams are average or below.

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2014 4:07 PM

    @dcroz

    You think the East takes back the torch or does the SEC trophy just remain in its current Western rotation.

  31. dcroz says: Jul 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    LSU and TAMU will be good but lost too much talent and experience this past year to win the SEC even if either makes it to Atlanta. Ole Miss could be the darkhorse…though how many times have we heard that before and the Rebs have still never won the West? Personally, I think the UGA-USC winner will win the East and–if form holds according to what I posted above–will pull off the win in the title game over the Iron Bowl winner. At this point I would say ‘Bama and Carolina, with Darth Visor (I prefer that to HBC) pulling off the win the way he seems to do when least expected.

  32. tnfire69 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:03 PM

    I tend to agree with Dcroz. Right now as it stands in the sec west Ole Miss and Miss State are the only schools that have a set qb. Yes Auburn does to but that depends on what happens with Marshall. If you don’t have a decent qb you don’t win a thing. Everybody else is still figuring it out. Don’t count LSU out when they won the champion in 03 & 07 they weren’t on anyone’s radar to do so. It should be a great year in the west. I think UGA has the east won if their defense plays well.

  33. tnfire69 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:12 PM

    This is the year for the sec east to do something. I think the only hard team UGA plays out of the west is Auburn. They miss LSU, Bama, TAMU, and the teams that can give you fits such as OLE MISS or MISS STATE. If UGA isn’t in ATL @ the end of the year it will be their own fault.

  34. sportsfriendsmn says: Jul 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    Long shot odds (a.la Auburn) to win the BCS. Any likelihood? http://www.sportsfriendsmn.com/2014/07/long-shots.html

  35. sportsfriendsmn says: Jul 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    BTW, Bret Bielema ain’t walking through that door.

  36. packerbadger says: Jul 23, 2014 2:40 PM

    Arguably, the entire $ECheat conference is waaaaaaay below average in academics with the exception of Vanderbilt.

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