Alabama and Georgia were the overwhelming picks to win their respective SEC divisions in football, as voted by attendees at SEC Media Days this week.

 

The two-time defending SEC champion Crimson Tide received 225 first-place votes to win the West, and 1,683 total points (7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for each spot in the standings), while Auburn was a distant second with 13 first-place votes and 1,329 points.

Georgia, which has 10 returning starters back on defense, plus quarterback Jacob Eason and 1,000-yard running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, had 138 first-place votes to win the East and 1,572 points, while Florida Gators, which has won the last two East titles, received 96 first-place votes and 1,526 points.

Alabama was picked to win the conference championship, receiving 217 points, with Auburn second (11) and Georgia third (six).

The media has correctly forecast the two teams reaching the SEC title game only six times since 1992 but have picked the conference champion twice in the last three years.

Alabama led the league with the most preseason All-SEC selections with 10, a record since the media began picking the team. Florida defensive back Duke Dawson and offensive tackle Martez Ivey were named to the first team.

Georgia had Chubb, tight end Isaac Nauta and defensive lineman Trenton Thompson named to the first team.

The top vote-getters were defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and wide receiver Calvin Ridley of Alabama, who received 232 votes each. Running back Derrius Guice of LSU was next with 223 votes.

The Gators had wide receiver Antonio Callaway, defensive lineman Cece Jefferson of Baker County, punter Johnny Townsend and kicker Eddy Pineiro named to the second team. Tight end De’Andre Goolsby, defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga, defending back Marcell Harris and Callaway, as a returner, made the third team.