"I think the greatest danger to success is complacency, and usually you become complacent when everyone tells you how great you are," he said. "We haven't had a lot of people say how great we are."
"We want people to think we aren't as good as last year," defensive tackle Gerald Anderson said. "That way we can come out and show them who we really are."
Tennessee, which has seven offensive and eight defensive starters returning, was picked to win the East and the overall conference title.
"We lost the winningest quarterback in college football, just about every bit of receiving yards from the receiver position and a lot of sacks and a lot of tackles and guys who have been doing it for a while," Richt said. "People look at, ‘What did they lose? What do they have returning?' Spin it around, and it looks like Tennessee's the team this year."
Georgia had two first-team All-SEC selections in the media poll, tight end Leonard Pope and offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles. Safety Greg Blue was a second-team selection. He was a first-team pick by the league's coaches.