Tide picked to beat Florida in SEC title game

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Defending national champion Alabama is the
overwhelming pick to beat Florida in the Southeastern Conference
championship game.

Both teams were picked to meet for the title for the third
consecutive year in balloting by reporters who cover the league at
SEC media days.

Florida got 153 of 176 first-place votes in the Eastern
Division, with Georgia (15) and South Carolina (eight) also getting
some votes.

Alabama got 157 votes of 177 in the Western Division, where only
Mississippi State didn't receive a vote. Arkansas (six) was picked
second, followed by Auburn (10), LSU (1), and Mississippi (three).

It's the first time since 2000 that Alabama has been the media's
preseason SEC favorite.