It’s that time of year when everyone is free to speculate about what will happen in the coming college football season. As the end of SEC Football Media Days, media members voted on predicted standings and All-SEC players.
Much like Phil Steele of ESPN, SEC media has predicted that the Kentucky Wildcats will finish fifth in the SEC East this season behind Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Missouri and ahead of Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Georgia is believed to be the favorite to win the division by a significant margin.
Kentucky did receive one first place vote by a media member that believes they can make a run this season. But Tennessee received one as well, so maybe there were just a few delusional reporters in Atlanta this week.
Alabama was picked to win the conference, defeating Georgia in the SEC Championship game. If that game can be as good as their bout in the national championship game last year, sign me up.
Despite the disappointing predictions in the standings, the Wildcats did have four players selected for the preseason All-SEC team. Running back Benny Snell was named to the first team, alongside Damien Harris of Alabama.
Defensive leaders Josh Allen and Mike Edwards were named to the second team. And despite all of his preseason buzz, CJ Conrad was named to the third team.
While it is certainly a good sign that Kentucky is not expected to finish at the bottom of the conference (they also got more votes than Ole Miss and Arkansas in the SEC West), this would still be a step back as the Wildcats were in the conversation to win the division last year and ended up being tied for third place.
The overall prediction is bulletin board material for sure, and the second and third team All-SEC selections could be used for motivation as well as these guys truly believe they are the best in the conference at their positions.
However, the last thing SEC opponents wanted to see from Kentucky going into the season was a more confidence Benny Snell. His first team selection will definitely add to his swagger as he punishes opposing defenses.
Do you agree with the SEC media’s predictions? If not, where did they get it wrong?