The media likes Alabama football … again.
The Crimson Tide was picked by reporters at SEC Media Days to win its fourth consecutive conference championship. SEC media has Alabama defeating Georgia in the SEC title game. Georgia narrowly edged Florida for the vote in the East.
It would be the first time the two programs have met in Atlanta since 2012, when Alabama won a 32-28 thriller over the Bulldogs.
Six times since 1992 – four times in the last 20 – the predicted champion at SEC Media Days has proceeded to win the SEC Championship. Media in attendance have correctly predicted the eventual champion two of the last three seasons.
Alabama has defeated Florida in the SEC title game the last two seasons, including a 54-16 beating last year in Atlanta. The Tide downed Missouri to win the league title in 2013.
Alabama football has won 17 consecutive SEC games, three league titles in a row and four of the last five SEC championships. Atlanta, site of the SEC Championship Game, has become Alabama’s second home.
Auburn in 2013 is the last non-Alabama SEC champion since 2012. Florida in 2008 is the last SEC East team to win the conference championship game.
Alabama had the most first-team All-SEC selections this season with 10, which is a new record for the SEC Media Days All-SEC Team.
Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts, wide receiver Calvin Ridley and offensive lineman Jonah Williams and Ross Pierschbacher made the first-team offense.
Defensive linemen Da’Ron Payne, Da’Shawn Hand, linebacker Rashaan Evans and safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison were tabbed to the first-team defense. Punter JK Scott was a first-team specialist.
Running back Bo Scarbrough and center Bradley Bozeman made the second-team offense.
Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton made the second-team defense.
Offensive lineman Lester Cotton made the third-team offense. Defensive backs Anthony Averett and Tony Brown made the third-team defense.
Predicted SEC champion
Alabama over Georgia
Predicted SEC West finish
- Texas A&M
- Mississippi State
- Ole Miss
Predicted SEC East finish
- South Carolina
SEC Championship votes
- South Carolina