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Alabama, Georgia picked by media in SEC Championship Game

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

The 2012 SEC Championship Game was so good, the SEC media is hoping Alabama and Georgia run it back in 2013.

Well, not exactly. But the results of the preseason predicted order of finish, as voted on by the media, were released Thursday morning, with the Crimson Tide getting picked as the 2013 SEC champion and the Bulldogs finishing as the SEC East champs for the third year in a row.

It should be noted the media has been wrong about the SEC champion in 17 out of the last 21 years, so maybe this is not great news for Alabama fans. Last season, the media picked LSU to win the conference over the Crimson Tide, and we all know how that turned out.

First, the voting for 2013 SEC champion:

Alabama -- 182

Georgia -- 38

South Carolina -- 18

Texas A&M -- 4

LSU -- 1

Now, check out the predicted order of division finishes below, with the voting results from the media ballot.

Eastern Division

Georgia (149) -- 1,570

South Carolina (75) -- 1,474

Florida (19) -- 1,300

Vanderbilt -- 858

Tennessee -- 694

Missouri -- 577

Kentucky -- 331

Western Division

Alabama (225) -- 1,681

Texas A&M (11) -- 1,333

LSU (7) -- 1,324

Ole Miss -- 883

Auburn -- 579

Mississippi State -- 516

Arkansas -- 488

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