Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – The media have predicted that Alabama and Auburn would battle it out in the Iron Bowl again this season.
In a preseason voting, majority of the media said the Crimson Tide and the Tigers would finish 1-2 in the SEC and predicted coach Nick Saban’s victory in the Iron Bowl.
Last season, the Tigers stunned the Crimson Tide, 34-28, on the final play to spoil Alabama’s BCS hopes.
Despite that, the Crimson Tide were awarded more points (154) than all other schools combined: Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), LSU (9), Ole Miss (2), Arkansas (1) and Mississippi State (1).
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was not surprised with the result.
“Arguably, they’ve got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team,” Spurrier said. “If the recruiting services are correct, and they’re pretty much correct.
“So they’re the favorites. They’re the favorites. There’s no question about that. As long as they can recruit like that, they’re always going to be the favorites,” he added.
Alabama led all schools with nine first-team selections, including two of the top vote-getters in wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon.
The only non-Alabama or Auburn players to make the first-team offense were Georgia running back Todd Gurley, LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins, Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and Texas A&M offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi.
The first-team defense was highlighted by Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III and Dante Fowler Jr.; Ole Miss’ Robert Nkemdiche and Cody Prewitt; and Texas A&M’s Deshazor Everett.
According to the media’s predictions, Alabama would meet South Carolina in the conference title game. The Gamecocks led the voting in the East with 1,895 votes, and were trailed by Georgia (1,777), Florida (1,362) and Missouri (1,263).