SEC Media says Gators will be eventual SEC champs
The national media may be in love with the Georgia Bulldogs, but those that cover the SEC on a regular basis believe it's the Gators who will end the season as the SEC champions.
Florida was picked to win the East, while Auburn was the SEC West selection.
But take it with a grain of salt. More than 700 media members were attendance at this week's SEC Media Days, but only 70 voted on the preseason All-SEC team.
However, of the 70 who voted, Florida was named SEC Champion on 36 ballots, Georgia on 18, Auburn 13 and LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss one each. In the Eastern Division, Florida had 45 first-place votes, Georgia (23) and Tennessee (2).
The Gators, Bulldogs and Volunteers were selected 1-2-3 in the Eastern Division followed by South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
In the Western Division, Auburn was named first place on 48 ballots, while defending national and SEC champion LSU received 21 first place votes and Ole Miss 1. The predicted order of finish in the Western Division was Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
Florida had the most first-team selections with five followed by LSU and Tennessee with four each. There were no unanimous selections, but UF receiver Percy Harvin was the leading vote-getter with 68 votes while Gator linebacker Brandon Spikes had 65 votes. Other Gators on the first team: QB Tim Tebow, TE Cornelius Ingram and return specialist Brandon James.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville opened his talk Friday by joking about the media's decision to make his team the favorite in the West.
"I was really excited until I got up this morning and saw ya'll had picked us to win the West,'' Tuberville said. "Ya'll are never right. I don't know what to tell my team, ya'll have put me in a bind. No, actually we'll use this. It's probably good for us. I'm not big on predictions, but we need something to get us going.''