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Georgia-Florida Game

Georgia-Florida Game

HOOVER — In a league filled with intriguing rivalries, a sample of the SEC’s media thinks the Nov. 1 game between Florida and Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., will carry the most significance.

The Gators topped the Bulldogs in the media projections released Friday morning. Out of 70 votes, Florida was selected by 36 as the overall SEC favorite. Georgia was second with 18.

“It will be a very big game, to say the least,” Gators quarterback Tim Tebow said. “It could be two top-few teams in the country playing that game with the right to play in the SEC (championship), maybe the national championship, for the winner.”

Auburn, the Western Division favorite, finished third with 13 votes to win the SEC championship and had the most preseason all-conference team members.

Defending national champion LSU received only one first-place vote to win the conference this year. Alabama was picked third in the division followed by Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Tennessee was picked third in the Eastern Division behind Florida and Georgia. South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt rounded out the bottom three.

The league’s media broke a lengthy drought by correctly projecting LSU as last year’s conference winner. But the majority of reporters didn’t offer an opinion. Only 70 ballots were received from a pool of roughly 800 credentialed media.

In spite of their team projections, Florida and Georgia each had only five individuals named to one of two preseason all-SEC squads. Auburn (9) had the most, followed by LSU (8). Alabama (5) tied the two favorites and South Carolina.

– Courtesy of Alabama Press-Register


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