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Auburn football picked 2nd in 2017 SEC preseason media poll, lands 9 on All-SEC teams – SECcountry.com

It’s official — Auburn football is the media’s top pick to challenge Alabama in its quest for a four-peat in the SEC title race in 2017, and it will try to pull it off with several of the league’s highest-regarded playmakers.

Auburn received the second-most votes (11) from those at this week’s SEC Media Days to win the league championship for the 2017 season. As expected, Auburn finished second in the predicted SEC West standings to Alabama and had 13 votes to win the division.

The Tigers also had two All-SEC first-teamers — offensive tackle Braden Smith and kicker Daniel Carlson. Both of those players represented Auburn at SEC Media Days on Thursday.

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Five Auburn players landed on the second team with running back Kamryn Pettway, defensive end Marlon Davidson, linebacker Tre’ Williams, safety Tray Matthews and cornerback Carlton Davis. Defensive tackle Dontavius Russell and running back Kerryon Johnson were third-teamers, with Johnson taking the all-purpose spot on the squad.

This marks the third time in the last four seasons in which Auburn has been picked as the second-best team in the SEC West by the media. In 2014, Auburn finished fourth in the division. In 2015, the Tigers fell all the way down to last place.

Here is the predicted order of both divisions in the SEC, along with the league’s first and second teams.

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Predicted SEC champion

Alabama over Georgia

Predicted SEC West finish

  1. Alabama
  2. Auburn
  3. LSU
  4. Arkansas
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Mississippi State
  7. Ole Miss

Predicted SEC East finish

  1. Georgia
  2. Florida
  3. Tennessee
  4. South Carolina
  5. Kentucky
  6. Vanderbilt
  7. Missouri

SEC Championship votes

  1. Alabama
  2. Auburn
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Florida
  6. South Carolina
  7. Vanderbilt
  8. Arkansas

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