Auburn picked to win SEC title

Detroit News staff and wires
Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson

Hoover, Ala. — Reporters predicting the Southeastern Conference were torn in the Western Division.

Auburn was declared the favorite to win the overall title Thursday, but rival Alabama got the edge in the West. It's the first time that's happened.

Auburn received 108 first-place votes to Alabama's 92, but the Crimson Tide had a slight edge in overall points (1,405-1,362).

Auburn got 96 votes to win the SEC title followed by Alabama with 80.

Georgia is a heavy favorite to win the East, receiving 166 first-place votes to Tennessee's 20. They were followed by Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

LSU was picked to finish third in the West, followed by Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas A&M and Mississippi State.

The media's predicted champion has only won the league five times in 23 tries.

SEC CHAMPION

Auburn -- 96 votes

Alabama -- 80

Georgia -- 28

LSU -- 9

Ole Miss -- 3

Arkansas -- 3

Texas A&M -- 2

Tennessee -- 2

Mississippi State -- 1

Florida -- 1

WESTERN DIVISION

Alabama (92 first-place votes) -- 1,405 points

Auburn (108) -- 1,362

LSU (10) -- 870

Arkansas (6) -- 821

Ole Miss (3) -- 732

Texas A&M (4) -- 628

Mississippi State (2) -- 482

EASTERN DIVISION

Georgia (166 first-place votes) -- 1,498 points

Tennessee (36) -- 1,231

Missouri (20) -- 1,196

South Carolina (1) -- 830

Florida (1) -- 768

Kentucky (1) -- 534

Vanderbilt -- 243