The road to the SEC Championship Game is going to come down to the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama as it did one year ago, at least that’s what the media thinks will happen.
With SEC Media Days wrapping up on Thursday, the media turned in their ballots for their predicted order of finish in the SEC West, arguably the toughest division in all of college football and the media has the Crimson Tide on top of the rival Tigers to win the west and play in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
#SEC West Order of Finish (Media): 1. Alabama 2. Auburn 3. LSU 4. Ole Miss 5. Mississippi State 6. Texas A&M 7. Arkansas
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) July 17, 2014
LSU returns only 11 starters from last year’s 10-win team and could start freshmen at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, but the media is buying what Les Miles has built in Baton Rouge and will have enough to hold off the upstart schools in the state of Mississippi.
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Ole Miss and Mississippi State are poised to crash the upper-tier of the division this year as Hugh Freeze and Dan Mullen, respectively, have a nice collection of talent on both sides of the ball and each has been a sexy preseason pick to finish third behind the two Alabama programs.
The media has the Johnny Manziel-less Aggies finishing in sixth as Kevin Sumlin will have to reload at Texas A&M. He has recruited well and will have to rely on a number of freshmen and sophomores playing key roles in 2014.
Arkansas is predicted to finish last after a winless season in the SEC in Bret Bielema’s first season that saw the Razorbacks finish with a nine-game losing streak after beginning the year with wins in the first three games.
Did the media get it right? What would your predicted order of finish look like for the SEC west?