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Media Days - Who Picked Vandy?: It's another done deal. SEC Media Days from Nashville is in the books and we're counting down the days to kickoff.

Nick Saban took center stage telling of his trip to Italy with Terry for their 50th wedding anniversary and making an analogy of Grandma Saban's cakes and his quarterbacks. They're not "done" yet. We don't want them to turn to "mush."

Lane Kiffin was questioned by his doppelganger, a reporter who said his mom couldn't tell him and Kiffin apart. Kiffin quipped, "What's her name?"

On a serious note, Kiffin addressed the NIL and transfer portal, as did Saban and everybody else. "Whatever programs have the most aggressive boosters with the most money are going to get the players," Kiffin said. Remember when that used to get you on probation?

Auburn transfer Elijah McAllister impressed the folks in Music City referencing Thanos. "I want to get all the infinity stones I can in life." This guy is already working on his PhD. By the way, he comes to Auburn by way of Vanderbilt.

Speaking of Vanderbilt... They got five first-place votes. Were there a few more homers since this was in Nashville?

Maybe one vote came from former Vandy coach Derek Mason, who is now with the SEC Network. I saw him hopping into his Mercedes (probably like the one Quinshon Judkins bought from a Nick Saban dealership).

My guess is it was the crew on the Nashville sports talk station that I listened to on the drive home. They were on Radio Row. They also chose to talk about the Titans' acquisition of an offensive tackle from the Jets. SEC football was not a topic.

It's a joke to pick the Commodores. Even with the love, they still ended up being predicted last in the SEC East. South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Mississippi State were others picked to win it all - although none of them ever have.

I'd say there's a first time for everything, but I can't with Vanderbilt. They've been so bad since the advent of the SEC Championship Game.

In 31 seasons, Vanderbilt is 46-203 in SEC play with one winning season vs. conference opponents. That came in 2012 when they went 5-3.

The average per-season record over that span since 1992 is 1.48 wins and 6.48 losses. There have been a lot of 0-fors in that stretch too.

This is the last year of division play with Oklahoma and Texas joining the conference next year. Georgia was picked by the media to beat Alabama for the championship.

That may be a good thing for Saban and the Tide. It's been a bit of a jinx to be selected. The media is 9-for-31 in picking the winner since the first title game in '92. Let that cake bake a little longer Nick. It might come out a winner.