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Auburn Picked to Win SEC Championship By SEC Media

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However, the numbers have the Tigers finishing second in the SEC West. Go figure.

Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

One of the fun parts about Media Days is seeing the prediction by the media on just which team will win the SEC. Why is it fun? Because the media has rarely been right over the past twenty or so years.

Well, crap.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here are your SEC media votes for order of finish <a href="http://t.co/u249JnPKtx">pic.twitter.com/u249JnPKtx</a></p>&mdash; Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mark_Schlabach/status/621714992673517568">July 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Yep, that's right, Auburn is predicted to win the SEC Championship. I know what some of you are thinking, though. How is Auburn going to win the SEC Championship when they're not even going to win the SEC West!?!?

That happens when you base the "SEC Champion" on the number of first place votes, but base the "SEC West Champion" on the number of points given to each team based on the position they're expected to finish.

In other words, the media has a wide range of opinions on where they expect Auburn to finish in the SEC West, but a majority of the media as a whole still thinks Auburn will win the SEC.

I'm surprised Texas A&M is picked so low. Mississippi State is replacing a leading rusher and a lot on defense. The fact of the matter is that the SEC West is had to predict. For the first time that I can remember, you can find legitimate reasons for every team in the division to win the division. Someone still has to finish last, though, the SEC West is going to have a head coach finish last who makes over $4 million. That's nuts.