Tigers picked to win West, finish second overall by coaches

Aaron Nola and LSU were picked to win the West. (Bill Feig | The Advocate)

Aaron Nola and LSU were picked to win the West. (Bill Feig | The Advocate)

League coaches picked LSU to win the SEC West and the Tigers finish tied with Mississippi State by garnering the second-most votes to claim the overall championship.

LSU, which has won the West in in back to back years, edged Mississippi State in the West predicted order of finish with 84 votes to the Bulldogs’ 83. The Tigers received one fewer first-place vote than the Bulldogs. The two teams meet in Baton Rouge April 4-6.

Four coaches voted LSU to win the SEC championship, the same as Mississippi State.

South Carolina got five votes in the overall championship voting while Vanderbilt received one. The Gamecocks were picked to win the SEC East with 86 votes, four more than Vanderbilt.

Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.  Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

LSU, ranked in the top 10 in all but one preseason poll, begins the season at 7 p.m. Friday at home against New Orleans. Ace Aaron Nola is expected to start on the mound for a game that’s standing-room only.

Eastern Division     
Team — Pts.       

  • 1. South Carolina (9) — 86
  • 2. Vanderbilt (5) — 82
  • 3. Florida — 69
  • 4. Kentucky — 47
  • 5. Tennessee — 39
  • 6. Georgia — 38
  • 7. Missouri — 24

Western Division      
Team — Pts.     

  • 1. LSU (6) — 84
  • 2. Mississippi State (7) — 83
  • 3. Alabama — 58
  •    Texas A&M (1) — 58
  • 5. Arkansas — 44
  • 6. Ole Miss — 35
  • 7. Auburn — 21

SEC Champion: South Carolina (5); LSU (4), Mississippi State (4); Vanderbilt (1)