July 16, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The University of Alabama football team was selected to finish first in the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division this season, while ranking second in voting for the SEC champion. The selections were made by those in attendance at the conference’s annual week-long media day.
The Crimson Tide was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 92 first-place votes and 1,405 total points, ranking ahead of Auburn who was predicted to finish second in the division with 1,362 points. Alabama came up second in the voting for SEC Champion, finishing with 80 points and seeded behind Auburn, who amassed 96 points in the voting process. Georgia was predicted third as the conference’s champion, receiving 28 total points.
The media were divided on divisional champion and overall champion for the first time in the 23-year history of the poll. Five times since 1992 the SEC Media Days predicted champion has proceeded to win the SEC Championship, including the Crimson Tide last season.
Alabama opens its 2015 season on Sept. 5 in Arlington, Texas, as the Crimson Tide squares off with Wisconsin in the annual AdvoCare Classic inside AT&T Stadium. The matchup is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on ABC.
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