Media picks Arkansas 7th in SEC West, Missouri 3rd in SEC East

Media picks Arkansas 7th in SEC West, Missouri 3rd in SEC East
(Source: Southeastern Conferenc)

Press Release from the Southeastern Conference

SEC Football Media Days concluded on Thursday with media in attendance predicting Alabama to win the 2019 SEC Championship over Georgia in a rematch of last season's dramatic SEC Championship Game.

Alabama received 203 votes to be crowned SEC Champion on December 7 in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while Georgia was second with 49 votes.

Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,789 points, including 233 first-place votes, while Florida was second with 1,499 points and 21 votes to win the division. Missouri was third with 1,149 total points. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 1,813 total points, while LSU was second with 1,493. Alabama received 253 first-place votes in the SEC West. Texas A&M was third with 1,268 points.

Alabama set a new record with 12 members selected to the First Team. The previous record was 10 by Alabama in 2017.

Only seven times since 1992 has the predicted champion at SEC Media Days proceeded to win the SEC Championship Game, including last season's thrilling classic. The game was the most-watched and highest-rated regular-season college football game on any network in seven years with a 10.1 rating and 17.5 million viewers. It also marked the second most-watched SEC Championship ever in 26 years since the game debuted in 1992.

Eastern Division (1st Place votes in parenthesis)

Georgia (233) 1789

Florida (21) 1499

Missouri (3) 1149

South Carolina (1) 883

Tennessee (1) 804

Kentucky (1) 798

Vanderbilt 358

Western Division (1st Place votes in parenthesis)

Alabama (253) 1813

LSU (5) 1493

Texas A&M 1268

Auburn (1) 1090

Mississippi State (1) 769

Ole Miss 504

Arkansas 343

SEC Champion

Alabama 203

Georgia 49

LSU 3

Mississippi State 1

Tennessee 1

Florida 1

South Carolina 1

Auburn 1

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