Thursday's roundup: Alabama is king of the SEC once more
Hoover, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference title goes through Alabama — yet again,
Alabama received 223 of 331 total votes by the conference’s media one year after winning the conference and national titles. LSU received the second-most votes, with 59 while Tennessee had 29.
Alabama and Tennessee were the overwhelming favorites to win their divisions.
In the West, Alabama received 246 first-place votes (2,220 overall) to finish well ahead of LSU’s 76 first-place votes and 1,984 overall. Mississippi was third, followed by Texas A&M, Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State.
In the East, Tennessee received 225 first-place votes and 2,167 overall. Florida was second, followed by Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri and South Carolina.
Sooners pick of Big 12
Oklahoma was picked to win the Big 12 title, with TCU second and Oklahoma State third in a poll of media members.
The Sooners — who return seven starters on offense, six on defense and the punter and kicker from last year’s team that finished 11-2 overall and 8-1 in conference — received 24 of 26 first-place votes in the poll.
The remaining two first-place ballots named TCU.
Baylor was picked to finish fourth in the conference.
Stanford tops in Pac 12
Stanford was picked to defend its Pac 12 title in a preseason media poll.
The Cardinal was chosen as favorites for the first time in the 56-year history of the poll.
UCLA was named the South favorite, edging USC.
Stanford topped Washington as the favorite in the North, getting 24 first-place votes and 186 points to eight first-place votes and 163 overall for the Huskies. Oregon was picked to finish third in the North, receiving one first-place vote.
Backup Arkansas quarterback Rafe Peavey has undergone surgery after suffering a back injury during summer workouts. He is expected to return for the start of fall practice Aug. 4, according to coach Bret Bielema.