The SEC media went through its annual rite of passage: making predictions that will probably be wrong in a few months. In that sense, this can only be a good thing for Vanderbilt.
Predicted order of finish in the SEC. pic.twitter.com/POh22tEFCQ— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) July 20, 2018
Vanderbilt is picked to finish 7th in the SEC East, receiving 392 votes. Counting up the first place votes, there were 285 votes in this poll, and at least 62 percent of them picked the Commodores to finish last in the East. This is starting to feel like the 1990s: Vanderbilt is picked last and no explanation is needed, just a “because they’re Vanderbilt.”
Georgia was a nearly unanimous pick to win the East, receiving 271 of 285 first-place votes. South Carolina got 8 of the remaining first-place votes and was picked 2nd, narrowly ahead of 3rd-place pick Florida, which received four first-place votes coming off a 4-7 season. Missouri was picked fourth ahead of Kentucky and Tennessee, the latter two of which each received a first-place vote.
Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Some person picked Tennessee to win the SEC East. Meanwhile that same media person probably picked Vanderbilt last because “hurr durr Woodyball.”