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Gamecocks predicted to finish last in SEC East in 2016

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Greg McElroy breaks down Gamecocks in first year under Muschamp

ESPN and the SEC Network's Greg McElroy gives his take on the Gamecocks in the first year under Will Muschamp.
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ESPN and the SEC Network's Greg McElroy gives his take on the Gamecocks in the first year under Will Muschamp.

This year’s media members at the SEC Football Media Days don’t think much about South Carolina’s chances in the conference in 2016.

The 331 media members who participated in this year’s vote predicted the Gamecocks to finish last in the SEC East in 2016. South Carolina did receive two first-place votes to win the SEC East and one vote to win the SEC Championship.

“You guys are wrong every year,” head coach Will Muschamp said earlier Thursday when asked about USC likely finishing low in the annual media poll.

Those same media believe Alabama will win the 2016 SEC Championship.

Tennessee was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 2,167 points, including 225 first-place votes. Florida was second with 1,891 points and 57 votes to win the division, while Georgia was third with 1,860 total points and 45 votes to win the division. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 2,220 total points, while LSU was second with 1,984. Alabama received 246 first-place votes in the West, while LSU collected 76. Ole Miss was third with 1,479 points and five votes to capture the division title.

Five times since 1992 – three times in the last 20 – the SEC Media Days predicted champion has proceeded to win the SEC Championship.

SEC East predictions

First-place votes in parenthesis

School

Points

Tennessee (225)

2167

Florida (57)

1891

Georgia (45)

1860

Kentucky

933

Vanderbilt (2)

810

Missouri

807

South Carolina (2)

800

SEC West predictions

First-place votes in parenthesis

School

Points

Alabama (246)

2220

LSU (76)

1984

Ole Miss (5)

1479

Texas A&M (3)

1130

Arkansas (1)

1047

Auburn

890

Mississippi State

518

SEC champion predictions

School

Points

Alabama

223

LSU

59

Tennessee

29

Georgia

7

Florida

5

Ole Miss

4

Texas A&M

1

South Carolina

1

Vanderbilt

1

Arkansas

1

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