Before we go any further, the folks at SEC Media Days have had a rough time picking SEC champs. In fact, just four times in the last 22 years has the group successfully tabbed the eventual champion in July. One reason -- the media typically selects the previous year's champion to repeat and followers of the league know that no school has repeated as SEC titlists since Tennessee way back in 1997 and 1998.
But this year the media took a different path. The folks in Hoover, Alabama didn't select Auburn, last year's champ. They took Alabama to capture the SEC crown.
Here's the vote tally for both division races and the overall championship push:
S. Carolina 1,895
Ole Miss 1,069
Miss. State 890
Texas A&M 791
Overall SEC Champion
S. Carolina 32
Ole Miss 2
Miss. State 1
Someone -- likely someone sporting a pig on their shirt and not a real media member -- threw their vote toward Arkansas. The Hogs were 3-9 last year and 0-8 in the SEC. That's the exact same record Auburn had in 2012 before rising to the top of the heap a season ago. Hmmm.
The league also released the media's All-SEC selections this morning.