Hannah Wade / The Daily Gamecock

Media picks Gamecocks to finish fourth in 2019

Following SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, members of the media project the division standings for both divisions of the SEC every year. 

This year, the South Carolina Gamecocks are projected to finish fourth, receiving 883 total votes, and one vote for first place in the division. Georgia, who has won the division for the past two seasons, is projected to once again defend its title in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. 

As for the rest of the SEC East, Florida is projected to finish second with 1,499 votes, Missouri is third with 1,149 votes, Tennessee is fifth with 884 votes, while Kentucky and Vanderbilt round out the SEC East with 798 and 358 votes, respectively. 

Like the Gamecocks, Tennessee and Kentucky only received one vote for division champion in 2019. All three of those teams also have one vote each for SEC Champion, which is crowned in Atlanta each December. 

The Gamecocks have only won the division once in program history, during the 2010 season. They have never been crowned SEC Champions. 

Alabama, who won the SEC in 2018, is projected to win the conference again, receiving 203 votes. Georgia, SEC East champions in 2018 and conference champions in 2017, is the second most popular pick with 49 votes. 

While these projections are a staple of SEC Media Days, they are rarely correct. Since 1992, the media has only correctly picked the champion seven times. 

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