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Media picks Alabama to win 2016 SEC Championship, Auburn sixth in SEC West

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Monday, July 11, 2016.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Monday, July 11, 2016. AP

The annual media poll predicting the standings in the SEC was released following the conclusion of the conference’s media days Thursday afternoon.

Alabama was picked to finish first in the SEC West with 2,167 points and 246 of the 331 first-place votes ahead of LSU (1,984 points) and Ole Miss (1,479). Points were award on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

The Crimson Tide was also voted as the SEC’s overall favorite with 223 votes. LSU finished second in the vote for SEC Champion (59 votes) with Tennessee coming in third (29 votes).

Tennessee was selected as the favorite in the SEC East with 2,167 points and 225 first place votes with Florida in second (1891 points) and Georgia in third (1860 points).

Last year, Alabama was picked as the favorite in the SEC West, but an Auburn that went on to finish 7-6 received the most votes as SEC Champion. This year’s Auburn team was predicted to finish second to last in the SEC West ahead of only Mississippi State.

The media has only accurately predicted the winner of the conference five times since 1992.

The preseason All-SEC team will be announced Friday.

EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)

School

Points

Tennessee (225)

2167

Florida (57)

1891

Georgia (45)

1860

Kentucky

933

Vanderbilt (2)

810

Missouri

807

South Carolina (2)

800

WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)

School

Points

Alabama (246)

2220

LSU (76)

1984

Ole Miss (5)

1479

Texas A&M (3)

1130

Arkansas (1)

1047

Auburn

890

Mississippi State

518

SEC CHAMPION

School

Points

Alabama

223

LSU

59

Tennessee

29

Georgia

7

Florida

5

Ole Miss

4

Texas A&M

1

South Carolina

1

Vanderbilt

1

Arkansas

1

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