Georgia named favorite to win SEC East by media

Georgia named favorite to win SEC East by media

In a media poll conducted at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days, the Bulldogs were tabbed as the favorites to win the SEC East. Georgia collected 138 first-place votes, finishing well ahead of Florida which collected 96.

Reporters chose Alabama as the West champion and overall conference victor.

Alabama is predicted to win the SEC West followed by Auburn in second place and LSU in third.

The Crimson Tide received 217 first-place votes from the 243 voting media members. Auburn (11 votes) was picked second in the overall voting, ahead of Georgia (6), LSU (3), Florida (3), SC (1), Vanderbilt (1) and Arkansas (1). The Razorbacks were selected fourth, immediately behind LSU, and followed by Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. After all, he was working, what, three hours?

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Georgia was picked to win the East by a narrow margin over two-time defending division champion Florida. Tennessee did not get a place on that list.

Media chose Georgia as the SEC Eastern Division victor with 1,572 votes, followed by Florida (1,526votes), Tennessee (998), SC (897), Kentucky (869), Vanderbilt (554) and Missouri (388).

Arkansas had only two selections on the All-SEC teams, first-team center Frank Ragnow and third-team quarterback Austin Allen, who finished behind Alabama's Jalen Hurts and Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald in the quarterback voting. Only six times since 1992, and four times in the last 20 years, has the media vote correctly forecast the eventual champion.

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