USC was picked to finish third in the SEC East by the league’s media. Florida was picked to win the division. Georgia was picked second. After the Gamecocks, Kentucky was fourth, followed by Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
USC received eight first place votes to win the east and one vote to win the overall SEC championship. Don’t ask me who voted for the Gamecocks to win the whole shooting match. It could have been the same guy that picked Vanderbilt to win the East. Apparently anyone with a pulse is given a ballot. Clearly you don’t have to have a brain.
I actually have firsthand knowledge that sports media members are clueless.
Anyway, out west Alabama was picked first, Arkansas second, Auburn third, LSU fourth, Mississippi State fifth and Ole Miss was sixth.
Alabama was the overwhelming pick to repeat as the overall SEC champion.
Two Gamecocks made the media’s preseason all-conference team. Defensive end Cliff Matthews and defensive back Stephon Gilmore were selected.