Media vote: Alabama, Georgia to play for SEC title in 2018

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The SEC media gathered in Atlanta for the SEC Media Days this week cast their votes in the direction of Alabama and Georgia to decide the SEC title in the coming season.

The voting media also chose Alabama to prevail as SEC champs.

Alabama received 193 votes to win the title. Georgia was second, with 69 votes. The teams would meet Dec. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the SEC Championship game. They last met Jan. 8 in that stadium to decide the national championship, with Alabama winning 26-23 in overtime.

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The Bulldogs were the choice to win the SEC East, with 271 first-place votes to eight for South Carolina. Florida received four first-place votes and Kentucky and Tennessee one apiece.

The Crimson Tide received 263 first-place votes in the SEC West. Auburn received 19 votes and Mississippi State two.

Once again there was a quirk where a voter didn’t understand that you can’t win the SEC title without winning your division. Missouri received one vote to win the SEC, but no votes to win the SEC East.

Here are the complete vote totals for the team predictions:

EAST (first-place votes in parentheses)

Georgia (271) 1,977

South Carolina (8) 1,535

Florida (4) 1,441

Missouri 1,057

Kentucky (1) 874

Tennessee (1) 704

Vanderbilt 392

WEST (first-place votes in parentheses)

Alabama (263) 1,971

Auburn (19) 1,664

Mississippi State (2) 1,239

Texas A&M 1091

LSU 1025

Ole Miss 578

Arkansas 412


Alabama 193

Georgia 69

Auburn 14

South Carolina 4

Florida 2

Mississippi State 1

Missouri 1

Sept. 1 vs. Austin Peay at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs have never played the Governors (an FCS team). Sept. 8 at South Carolina. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks could decide the SEC East in the season’s second week, even if only because it could determine a tiebreaker. Sept. 15 vs. Middle Tennessee at Sanford Stadium. The schools have played once, with Georgia winning 29-10 in 2003. Sept. 22 at Missouri. The Bulldogs have a three-game win streak against the Tigers and have lost once to them. Sept. 29 vs. Te