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The SEC Media Poll Is Out And There Are Some Surprises

A pylon with the SEC logo on it.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: An 'SEC' logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

SEC Media Days took place this week, which means we now have the SEC Media Poll for the 2018 season.

While Alabama has been the dominant force in the conference over the last decade or so, they've only captured the conference title five times since 2009. The SEC Media has selected the Crimson Tide seven times in that time span.

Only twice—2014 and 2016—did the media nail the 'Bama picks. They're going back to the well in 2018, which may not be the best news for Nick Saban's club.

Per SB Nation, the SEC Media has only nailed the conference champion four times in the last 18 years: those two Alabama championships, LSU in 2007, and Florida in 2008. Before that, you had to go all the way back to Steve Spurrier's Gator teams for accurate picks.

With all of that in mind, here is the SEC Media Poll for this season:

As you'd guess, Alabama and Georgia are the overwhelming picks to win their respective divisions. There are some surprising choices, with one person taking Kentucky, and another taking Tennessee to win the SEC East. Those two selections aren't even the silliest from SEC Media Days. Here are the championship picks:

Notice anything amiss? Missouri has zero selections to be SEC East champion, but one to be SEC Champion. That is, of course, impossible.

The explanation: someone who did not bother filling out the division rankings took the Tigers to win the league.

So yes, you should definitely take a lot of stock in these picks. Everyone involved takes it extremely seriously.