I bought the Sporting News College Football yearbook over the weekend and was surprised to see the Georgia Bulldogs picked third, behind South Carolina and Florida, in the SEC East. (South Carolina I can understand. Florida I can’t.)
According to the Birmingham News’ annual poll of SEC sports information directors, none of whom could vote for his own team, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Because this survey has it the same way: Gamecocks first, Gators second, Bulldogs third. And not a close third, either.
South Carolina received five first-place votes. (Only the East SIDs were asked to predict the East outcome, FYI.) Florida drew the other. Georgia took an 0-for-6 collar.
In the overall league power rankings, Georgia finished sixth — five points behind Florida, nine ahead of both Auburn and Mississippi State. Alabama was first, LSU second, South Carolina third and Arkansas fourth.