SEC Media Day Team Rankings: Did the Media Get It Right?
OK, after listening to all the SEC head coaches and the players they brought with them, the media voted on team rankings for each SEC division, and frankly, the vote deserves some scrutiny.
Let's take a look at each division starting from the bottom and working up.
SEC East: No. 6 Vanderbilt Commodores
OK, this was a no-brainer. They have a new head coach and had a terrible 2009 season. If anyone voted differently, they need to take up a new profession.
SEC East: No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers
How the once mighty have fallen. Former Coach Philip Fulmer led the team into decline after years of success, including a national championship. Then the infamous Lane Kiffin came in for a year before bolting to USC, and now Derek Dooley has the task of bringing Tennessee back to prominence.
The Vols are thin, and ranking them No. 5 in the East is warranted, if not embarrassing. Seriously, how bad must the Vols feel being ranked lower than Kentucky?
SEC East: No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats
If there was a coach that sold his program during the 2010 SEC Media Days, it was Kentucky's Joker Phillips. He claimed that Kentucky will contend for a national championship; I'd like to know what he's taking, and if it's legal to take.
SEC East: No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks
Did the OBC compel the writers to vote the Gamecocks No. 3 by stating that the team will have two QBs ready to start for the 2010 season? Again he blasted QB Stephen Garcia outside the locker room, and no one knows what to think.
The OBC is his own worst enemy.
SEC East: No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs
Arguably, the Georgia Bulldogs could compete for the SEC Eastern Division, but to rank them ahead of South Carolina is premature in my humble opinion. Don't be surprised if Steve Spurrier uses this as motivation when these two teams meet this year.
SEC East: No. 1 Florida Gators
Just as Vanderbilt was a no-brainer at No. 6, the Florida Gators are the same for a No. 1 ranking in the SEC East. Until they are knocked off their perch in the East, they will remain there.
SEC West: No. 6 Ole Miss Rebels
I wouldn't be surprised if the gang in Oxford, Miss. isn't planning an all-out assault on the town of Starkville after hearing that the writers voted them dead last in the SEC West. Is head coach Dan Mullen's moxie enough to surpass Ole Miss in the polls? Perhaps.
SEC West: No. 5 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Dan Mullen definitely turned heads during his time at the podium. Referring to Oxford as "the city to the north", it was clear that the Bulldogs want to start by owning the state of Mississippi before taking over the SEC West. Baby steps.
SEC West: No. 4 LSU Tigers
Another team that has fallen from grace—the LSU Tigers. Les Miles must be feeling the heat in the seat. If the writers are correct and LSU finishes fourth in the West, it may be bye bye for Coach Miles.
SEC West: No. 3 Auburn Tigers
Coach Gene Chizik has done a good job in his first year as the head man of Auburn. He took Alabama to the brink in his first Iron Bowl in 2009, and had as good, if not better, a recruiting class in 2010 as the Crimson Tide.
But being ranked ahead of LSU? I'm not sure if I can agree with that.
SEC West: No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks
If there is a team to take down the Crimson Tide in the West, it is the Arkansas Razorbacks. Coach Bobby Petrino has the offensive firepower to do it; the only question is does he have the defense to hold off opposing offenses? If so, Arkansas will win the West.
SEC West: No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide
The defending national champions being ranked No. 1 in their division? That's a shocker—not. Would the writers vote anything else?
Most feel that the Alabama and Florida will meet for a third consecutive time in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. With all the NCAA investigations and overall strength of the SEC, don't be surprised if one or neither of these teams make it.
That's why they play the game.