It’s no great surprise that the media’s preseason predictions at SEC Media Days aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. As Barrett Sallee observes, the media has predicted the eventual SEC champion just seven times in the 27 years since the divisional split in 1992.
Sallee goes on to break down the predictions versus results by team for the seven seasons since the last round of expansion. Alabama’s pretty much spot on, because Alabama. I’m amused to see the same people who loudly proclaim what a great coach Dan Mullen is have consistently underrated the chances of his Mississippi State teams.
As far as Georgia goes,
(-4) Georgia has matched its hype five times over the last seven seasons. The two misses were in 2013 and 2015, when they finished third after being picked to win the SEC East. All three of Kirby Smart’s teams have matched their prediction.
He labels Georgia over-hyped, but that’s a little unfair. If the media had known in advance about the rash of injuries that hit the team in 2013, the Dawgs wouldn’t have been the preseason divisional favorites. That leaves one season out of seven in which Georgia under-performed the media’s expectations.
I expect after this one, it’ll be one season in eight.