Gamecocks picked to finish in middle of SEC East pack

uscfoot-cooperSouth Carolina was picked to finish fourth in the seven-team SEC Eastern Division in the annual preseason media poll taken at SEC Media Days on Thursday.

Coming off a 7-6 campaign, the Gamecocks were picked to finish behind Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri, and ahead of Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. South Carolina received only one first-place vote in the division and earned no votes for overall SEC champion.

Auburn received 96 SEC Championship votes, while the Alabama Crimson Tide was close behind with 80. 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.

WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School Points
Alabama (92) 1405
Auburn (108) 1362
LSU (10) 870
Arkansas (6) 821
Ole Miss (3) 732
Texas A&M (4) 628
Mississippi State (2) 482

EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School Points
Georgia (166) 1498
Tennessee (36) 1231
Missouri (20) 1196
South Carolina (1) 830
Florida (1) 768
Kentucky (1) 534
Vanderbilt 243

SEC CHAMPION
School Points
Auburn 96
Alabama 80
Georgia 28
LSU 9
Ole Miss 3
Arkansas 3
Texas A&M 2
Tennessee 2
Mississippi State 1
Florida 1

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