Alabama is predicted to win the SEC Championship by the media for the fourth time since 1992.
The previous times (and the actual finish) were: 1993 (lost in SEC Championship Game), 2000 (tied for fifth in West) and 2010 (fourth in West).
But it’s not like the guys and gals know any more than fans. The media have accurately predicted the SEC Champion three times since 1992. In six years, the projected SEC Champion has reached the SEC Championship Game.
More notes from the SEC office:
* A total of 167 media selected the 2011 team. That is the second highest total in Media Days history behind the 177 voters from last year.
* The leading vote-getter on this year’s team was South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery with 152 total votes. It is the third highest vote total in Media Days history behind Alabama’s Mark Ingram (165) and Dont’a Hightower (158), both from last year.
*Jeffery is the first wide receiver to be the leading vote-getter since Florida’s Jabar Gaffney in 2001 (81 of 84 total votes).
* Alabama’s 16 players on the All-SEC Team is the most in any year. This is only the second time in Media Days history there have been three units on the All-SEC Team (2006).
*Alabama’s nine players on the All-SEC First Team is the most in any year. The previous high was eight set in 2010 by Alabama and 2009 by Florida.
*A total of 86 players are on the first, second and third units.
*Each team had at least three representatives on the first, second and third units. Nine of the 12 teams had representatives on the first unit.
*The first unit is comprised of 15 seniors, 10 juniors and two sophomores. The second unit has 12 seniors, 12 juniors and three sophomores. The third unit has 15 seniors, seven juniors and 10 sophomores. In total, there are 42 seniors, 29 juniors and 15 sophomores.