University of Missouri

Missouri picked to finish third in SEC East

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk ran from defensive back Logan Cheadle during the spring game in April.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk ran from defensive back Logan Cheadle during the spring game in April. The Associated Press

Two-time reigning SEC East division champion Missouri was picked third in a vote by media members, which was unveiled Thursday on the final day of SEC Media Days.

It continues a recent pattern for the Tigers, who were picked sixth in 2013 and fourth in 2014.

Missouri is 23-5 overall and went 7-1 in the SEC during each of the last two seasons, which both ended with appearances at the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship Game.

Georgia was the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC East, receiving 166 of 225 first-place votes.

Tennessee, which hasn’t finished above .500 in conference play since 2007 and has never finished ahead of Missouri in the SEC East standings, was picked second and received 36 first-place votes.

The Volunteers are 10-30 in the SEC since 2010, while Missouri, which received 20 first-place votes, is 14-2 the last two seasons alone.

Curiously, Auburn was predicted to win the SEC championship, but Gus Malzahn’s crew was picked second behind Alabama in the SEC West.

The Crimson Tide only received 92 first-place votes compared to 108 for Auburn, but Alabama totaled 1,405 points — 43 more than the rival Tigers.

Auburn was picked to win the SEC by 96 voters, while only 80 picked Alabama. Georgia was a distant third with 28 votes to wear the conference crown.

LSU was a distant third in the SEC West prediction, receiving 10 first-place votes.

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SEC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

Rank Team (first-place votes) points

SEC East

1. Georgia (166)

1,498

2. Tennessee (36)

1,231

3. Missouri (20)

1,196

4. South Carolina (1)

830

5. Florida (1)

768

6. Kentucky (1)

534

7. Vanderbilt

243

SEC West

1. Alabama (92)

1,405

2. Auburn (108)

1,362

3. LSU (10)

870

4. Arkansas (6)

821

5. Mississippi (3)

732

6. Texas A&M (4)

628

7. Mississippi State (2)

482

SEC Champion (votes): Auburn (96), Alabama (80), Georgia (28), LSU (9), Mississippi (3), Arkansas (3), Texas A&M (2), Tennessee (2), Mississippi State (1), Florida (1)

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