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Where South Carolina was picked by the media to finish in the SEC

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South Carolina football quarterback Jake Bentley speaks Wednesday, July 17, 2019, as part of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.
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South Carolina football quarterback Jake Bentley speaks Wednesday, July 17, 2019, as part of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

South Carolina’s football team will open 2019 with expectations for a middle-of-the-pack finish in its division.

The Gamecocks were picked to finish fourth in the SEC East by the conference’s media. The preseason media poll came out Friday as a cap to SEC Media Days.

USC received one vote to be SEC champion. Will Muschamp’s team was picked to finish behind Georgia, Florida and Missouri.

The Gamecocks are coming off a 7-6 season in 2018, one fraught with injuries and a schedule that proved harder than most predicted. USC had been picked to finish second in the East and even got eight first-place votes before finishing fourth.

The Gamecocks again face a difficult schedule, with Alabama as a crossover opponent and seven opponents that won nine or more games last season.

Georgia and Alabama were picked to repeat as division champions.

Eastern Division

First place votes in parenthesis

Georgia (233)

1789

Florida (21)

1499

Missouri (3)

1149

South Carolina (1)

883

Tennessee (1)

804

Kentucky (1)

798

Vanderbilt

358

Western Division

Alabama (253)

1813

LSU (5)

1493

Texas A&M

1268

Auburn (1)

1090

Mississippi State (1)

769

Ole Miss

504

Arkansas

343

SEC Champion

Alabama

203

Georgia

49

LSU

3

Mississippi State

1

Tennessee

1

Florida

1

South Carolina

1

Auburn

1

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