For college football, it’s the time of year where everyone is making their preseason predictions and award lists. Every year at the SEC Media Days, reporters from across the conference select their preseason All-SEC team and make their predictions for the SEC Championship Game.
This year alone, 331 media members voted on the Alabama Crimson Tide out of the Western Division and the Tennessee Volunteers out of the Eastern Division to represent the conference in the title game.
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: POWERHOUSE PICKED AGAIN
For the third straight year in a row, the media selected Alabama as the favorite to win the championship game over the Volunteers.
The past two seasons, the Crimson Tide have come out on top. In 2015, the Tide beat the Florida Gators 29-15 on the way to a national championship. Tennessee Titans rookie running back Derrick Henry was the game’s MVP.
In 2014, the Tide routed Missouri 42-13, but eventually went on to lose to Ohio State in a college football playoff game. The last time a team not from the state of Alabama won the conference title game was in 2011, with LSU’s 41-10 win over the University of Georgia. (Auburn won in 2013 and Alabama in 2012).
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: A NEW FACE IN THE EAST
Tennessee hasn’t been to the SEC Championship Game since they lost 14-21 to LSU in 2007. However, the Vols enter this upcoming season with a lot of hype around a newly revamped roster that could mean trouble for the rest of the division.
But obviously, only time will tell if the up and coming Vols can live up to all the hype.
THE MEDIA AND THEIR SEC CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION WOES
These picks should be considered with caution as the media, statistically speaking, often fails to get it right. For example, last season it picked Auburn to win the SEC (the Tigers finished 2-6 in SEC play and last in the SEC West).
The media has correctly picked the champion from each division five times in 24 years and only once since 2009.