No Pre-Season Surprise

It was no surprise that Georgia was the runaway winner of the pre-season poll of those attending Southeastern Conference Media Days. The Bulldogs are expected to win the SEC Championship in football and to contend for the national championship. It was also no surprise that Alabama was predicted to finish in the middle of the pack in the SEC Western Division.

Over 700 sportswriters and sportscasters registered for the three-day event in Hoover, just outside Birmingham, and 88 bothered to vote in the poll to determine the predicted finish in both the Eastern and Western Divisions of the league, plus a pre-season All-SEC team.

Georgia received 78 votes to win the East and 61 to win the overall title. LSU, the defending national champion, received 71 votes to win the West and 19 to win the SEC Championship Game. Four longshots also received votes to win the 2005 SEC title, Florida getting five votes and Auburn, Mississippi, and South Carolina one each.

Alabama actually received one vote to win the SEC Western Division. But the Crimson Tide finished with 331 points and was just behind Ole Miss (two first place votes and 304 points) to rank fourth in the SEC West. Bama was behind LSU, Auburn, and Mississippi and ahead of Arkansas and Mississippi State. In the East, Georgia was followed by Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky.

Bama placed two men on the pre-season All-SEC team. Tackle Wesley Britt was selected first team offense and linebacker DeMeco Ryans first team defense.

Tackle Anthony Bryant, linebacker Freddie Roach, and defensive back Charlie Peprah were second team defense.


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