Mississippi State was picked by Southeastern Conference media to finish last in the SEC West, it was announced Friday morning.
The Bulldogs, who finished 4-7 last season, were edged by Arkansas for the No. 6 spot in the division. The Razorbacks received 241 voting points, awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale; MSU received 217.
Alabama was projected to win the SEC West in a landslide, picking up 130 of 134 first-place votes. Second-place Texas A&M, third-place LSU, fourth-place Ole Miss and Arkansas all received a lone first-place vote. Auburn finished fifth in the poll with 440 points.
Georgia was picked to win the SEC East with 124 first-place votes, while second-place Florida received seven and third-place Kentucky two. Missouri and Tennessee were fourth and fifth, South Carolina (one first-place vote) was sixth, and Vanderbilt was seventh.
Eighty-four media members predicted Alabama would win the SEC title game, while 45 picked Georgia. Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina received one vote apiece.
Cross makes all-SEC team
Offensive lineman Charles Cross was the Bulldogs’ lone representative on the all-SEC teams, also announced Friday.
Cross made the all-SEC third team, while no other MSU players cracked the list on offense, defense or special teams.
Theo DeRosa reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.