Media Predicting Auburn To Capture 2015 SEC Championship
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The competiveness of the Southeastern Conference was showcased in the annual media voting at SEC Media Days, as for the first time in the 23-year history in the poll, media were divided on divisional champion and overall SEC Champion. By a narrow margin, the Auburn Tigers were picked by media in attendance to capture the 2015 SEC Championship. Auburn received 96 SEC Championship votes, while the Alabama Crimson Tide was close behind with 80. The Georgia Bulldogs were third with 28 votes.
Alabama, however, was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 1,405 total points, while Auburn was second with 1,362. Alabama received 92 first-place votes in the West, while Auburn collected 108. The Crimson Tide won the Western Division vote due to receiving just three votes for fourth place or lower in the Western Division, while Auburn received 26 such votes. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.
Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,498 points, including 166 first-place votes. Tennessee was second with 1,231 points and 36 votes to win the division, while Missouri was third with 1,196 total points. The two-time defending East representative in the SEC Championship game also received 20 votes to win a third consecutive division title.
Five times since 1992 the SEC Media Days predicted champion has proceeded to win the SEC Championship, including Alabama last season.
Kentucky will host Auburn in a Thursday night matchup (ESPN) on Oct. 15 in Lexington.
WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
Alabama (92) 1405
Auburn (108) 1362
LSU (10) 870
Arkansas (6) 821
Ole Miss (3) 732
Texas A&M (4) 628
Mississippi St. (2) 482
EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
Georgia (166) 1498
Tennessee (36) 1231
Missouri (20) 1196
South Carolina (1) 830
Florida (1) 768
Kentucky (1) 534
Ole Miss 3
Texas A&M 2
Mississippi St. 1