How will the SEC shake out in 2013?
Members of the SEC media had their say on Thursday, as the predicted order of finish was released during the final day of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
The predicted champion shouldn't come as a shock.
In the midst of a dynasty and with a talented group of stars returning, the Alabama Crimson Tide were picked by a wide margin to win the 2013 SEC Championship. Of the 243 people who voted, Alabama received 182 first-place votes, followed by Georgia with 38, South Carolina with 18, Texas A&M with four and LSU with one.
Great news for Alabama, right?
Well, not so much.
Since 1992, the SEC media has only picked the champion four times: 1994, 1995 and 2008 Florida and 2007 LSU.
Last season, the media predicted LSU to win the title with Alabama a close second.
Just how safe is that bet? Alabama was tested by LSU and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M last season. The narrative this offseason has skewed toward Alabama being an unbeatable machine, but plenty of talented teams are looking to unseat the Tide from their perch atop college football.
What are some surprises?
LSU only getting one first-place vote is interesting. A lot of people are buying into the "rebuilding year" narrative for the Tigers, but that's dangerous. This LSU team is still loaded on defense, has a ton of talent returning on offense and has upgraded at offensive coordinator with Cam Cameron.
It was also surprising to see Florida without one vote to win the conference title. The Gators have some holes, but at least one person had to buy in, right? Apparently not.
Here's how the voting looked (first-place votes in parenthesis):
Alabama - 182
Georgia - 38
South Carolina - 18
Texas A&M - 4
LSU - 1
Alabama (225) - 1,681
Texas A&M (11) - 1,333
LSU (7) - 1,324
Ole Miss - 883
Auburn - 579
Mississippi State - 516
Arkansas - 488
Georgia (149) - 1,570
South Carolina (75) - 1,474
Florida (19) - 1,300
Vanderbilt - 858
Tennessee - 694
Missouri - 577
Kentucky - 331
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