HOOVER, Ala. – SEC Media days finished strong on Thursday with Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Vanderbilt all coming through the Hyatt Regency in Hoover, Alabama. The Crimson Tide were the overwhelming choice to win the SEC title, but remember the last time the media got that right was 2008 with Florida. Georgia was a surprisingly easy winner in the East over South Carolina with 149 first place votes to 75. Considering the Gamecocks have won three in a row over the Bulldogs and they don’t play LSU or Alabama in the regular season. South Carolina has never been picked to win the East which could have played into the media’s thinking.
Some of the things that surprised me with the voting
- Zero LSU offensive players on the first and second teams.
- Zero votes for Florida to win the SEC, by the way they won 11 games last season
- Jadevon Clowney was not the second unanimous selection all-time. (Darren McFadden, Arkansas is the only one). How was Clowney not on everyone’s ballot?
- Zero Volunteer offensive linemen on the first team. Tennessee may have the best unit in the league in 2013.
- CJ Mosley received the most votes and more than Jadevon Clowney.
- Ole Miss and Vanderbilt both were picked 4th in their division.
Top Storyline's of the week
- Safety concerns with today’s players - Whether it’s Mike Slive putting the NCAA on notice or the discussion of the hurry up offense-safety is an issue.
- Johnny Manziel - The reigning Heisman winner handled himself very well this week with the Media. He seems to still be a young kid who wants to do young kid things, but he is very likable and a hit with the media.
- Alabama is the overwhelming favorite - The media and everyone else says it’s Alabama’s to lose. The Crimson Tide can only beat themselves and the perfect season is the only thing missing on AJ McCarron’s resume.
- Jadevon Clowney ran a 4.46 40 yard dash now he wants to race Johnny Manziel!
- The up-tempo offense continues to be a concussion. Nick Saban and Bret Bielema bring the question up of whether the game was meant to be played continuously.
- Will Muschamp let it be known that Florida is his program now and not Urban Meyer’s.
- Les Miles wants equitable scheduling and believes there needs to continue to be open dialogue.
- Mark Richt thinks his defense has a chance to be better than people think.
Opening weekend star power
Georgia at Clemson – This game features two top ten teams with two Heisman trophy candidates at quarterback.
LSU vs. TCU - Tigers better be ready for the Horned Frogs. TCU was voted 3rd in the Big 12 ahead of Texas.
Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma St.- This is a huge non conference game for Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs. Oklahoma State was just voted the winner by the media of the Big 12 this season.
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech - The Crimson Tide need this quality tune up for Texas A&M but can’t take the Hokies lightly.
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt - This may be the biggest game of the year for both teams. The winner keeps momentum and the loser must get off the deck.