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.
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
Kentucky (1) 874
Tennessee (1) 704
WEST (first-place votes in parentheses)
Alabama (263) 1,971
Auburn (19) 1,664
Mississippi State (2) 1,239
Texas A&M 1091
Ole Miss 578
South Carolina 4
Mississippi State 1