There’s joy in Bulldog Nation: UGA picked second in the East!

"Yeah, baby! Time to dance! We're No. 2 and you're not!" (AJC file photo)

"Yeah, baby! Time to dance! We're No. 2 and you're not!" (AJC file photo)

Hoover, Ala. – Earlier in the week I’d wondered if the SEC media would, for the first time in memory, pick Georgia above Florida. (Lest we forget, in 2008 the Bulldogs entered the season ranked No. 1 in the land — but had been slotted second behind the Gators in their division.) OK, here’s the answer:

Yes. The assembled SEC media has voted Georgia second in the East behind South Carolina.

Warning: Over time, this body has proved inexact in its forecasts. Only twice since 1991 has the correct league champ been identified during Media Days. (This year’s choice is Alabama.) Still, it’s fascinating to get a sense of how the wind is blowing, at least in the eyes of the SEC press corps.

(Disclaimer: Neither I nor esteemed colleague Chip Towers voted in the poll. The AJC doesn’t allow its writers to participiate in polls or suchlike.)

The balloting for second in the East wasn’t as close as I thought it might be. South Carolina got 114 first-place votes; Georgia drew 38 to Florida’s 12. Four voters picked Georgia to win the SEC. (Rumor has it that their names were Richt, Grantham, Bobo and Crowell. I kid.)

Then again: One voter picked Kentucky to win the East, and two tabbed Ole Miss to win not just the West but the league.

And now I leave you for the moment. Nick Saban is speaking, and he just glared at me because I was typing too loudly. Back soon.

By Mark Bradley

158 comments Add your comment

JYD

July 22nd, 2011
9:52 am

KingDawg

July 22nd, 2011
9:54 am

Mark – just remember Taxi Driver – ” You looking at me ? “

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2011
9:55 am

Trouble is, Nick Saban reminds me of Travis Bickle.

Benjamin

July 22nd, 2011
9:56 am

This is the first year in a long, long time where I’m going in with zero expectations. That’s what a freshman running back, a 6-7 record, and a loss to Central Florida will do to a Bulldog fan, really…

SmyrnaMan

July 22nd, 2011
9:56 am

They are picked 2nd only because they have such an easy schedule

DC

July 22nd, 2011
10:00 am

I bet saban is a hoot..huh MB…makes your journalism so much easier…

rabundog

July 22nd, 2011
10:00 am

Agree Benjamin – don’t expect much – am just hoping for a decent season

Spanky

July 22nd, 2011
10:01 am

LOL, Mark! Do not anger Satan!….I mean Saban! Great point and article!

SEC FAN

July 22nd, 2011
10:01 am

The Bulldog nation may be happy now. Will they be happy at season’s end? Don’t bet Jr’s college tuition. Richt vs. FL: 2-8

beanster

July 22nd, 2011
10:02 am

MB, that’s not fair to Bickle. He was a psycho, but at least he had a conscience.

Delbert D.

July 22nd, 2011
10:04 am

Mark, you guys should start an Unassociated Press Poll.

puppykiller

July 22nd, 2011
10:05 am

I’m sure that shorty will provide a much more entertaining half hour for you Mark, than the horribly pedestrian Gene Chizik. I’m sure that lil’ nicky also commands much more of your respect as well and we’ll get to read your gushing reviews of what the sawed off liar and cheat has to say when he’s done spreading his fertilzer all over your eagerly awaiting mouths.

darren

July 22nd, 2011
10:10 am

It’s time to win Richt and company. If they don’t win the east it’ s time for Coach Richt to sail on. He brought all this on himself by not keeping BVG ( He could have if he wanted to, money talks!) and hiring a film coach to be his strength and conditioning coach. I am still not sold on BoBo but he has 5 or 7 kids and Richt want make a change if it’s needed. It may not be BoBo’s fault after we learned that our OL has been soft due to inproper conditioning (Richts Falt) I like Mark Richt but He hang onto his friends as coaches to long. He has done a great job of replacing them with real coaches and the ship seems to be headed in correct direction but respect and any fear from other teams is gone and must be rebuilt. If you can’t win at Georgia with all the talent and facilities you can’t win as a coach. If Saban coached at Georgia they would be nearly unbeatable. Good uck Richt! Man up and quit embarrasing our state and yourself.

CFB Fan

July 22nd, 2011
10:10 am

Watch UF win it.

The SEC East is one of the weakest conferences in college football.

Let's Go

July 22nd, 2011
10:13 am

I don’t know if UGA wins division but Carolina will not. Hopes are high in Columbia but Spurrier will drop the ball again likes he usually does. The 2 beat downs at the end of the year (UA & FSU) will hangover to this year and they are looking at 8 and 4 or 7 and 5 with 3 conf losses.

Cobb Dawg

July 22nd, 2011
10:14 am

Benjamin: Cheer up. Historically, the years in which I went into the year with zero expectations (and this may end up being one of them) have been the years in which I had the most fun following the team.

Let's Go

July 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

Mark
Who did you vote for to win the SEC east??????

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

CFB Fan doesn’t like the SEC East or is SHE just trying to stir the pot?

Darth Hater

July 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

This gang of illeterates and future felons, under the tutelage of Mark “Nike / Ford” Richt,” couldn’t even finish second in BIG East.

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2011
10:16 am

Wow it is that time of the month for my girl Darth Hater, too! Man.

ToccoaDawg

July 22nd, 2011
10:17 am

Bradley is probably the one who picked Kentucky, school pride and all that.

Dawglasville

July 22nd, 2011
10:17 am

“Man up and quit embarrising our state and yourself.

Ah… nevermind. September can’t get here soon enough.

Darth Hater

July 22nd, 2011
10:18 am

Are we SURE the Hines Ward arrest shouldn’t count towards this year’s Fulmer Cup tally as well?

JackDennis

July 22nd, 2011
10:18 am

UGA: Where 5 stars fail to thrive.

Dawglasville

July 22nd, 2011
10:20 am

This gang of illeterates and future felons, under the tutelage of Mark “Nike / Ford” Richt,” couldn’t even finish second in BIG East.

Darth Hater or Imperial Wizard?

Curious George

July 22nd, 2011
10:22 am

Why is Coach Saban so much better at his job of coaching Football than Mark Richt is at his?

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2011
10:27 am

I would have voted for Georgia to win the SEC East, but I’m not allowed to vote in polls. (AJC rule.)

JB

July 22nd, 2011
10:28 am

IF you’re looking at this with your head and not your heart, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. They have a loaded team coming back and ( I hate to say it) the coaching is better. I think my Dawgs have a chance to UPSET them Sept. 10th, But Spurrier has a fine team. Most Sports writers in the South covering the SEC would predict this.

SmyrnaMan

July 22nd, 2011
10:28 am

I cant believe how much UGA fans back Coach Mark Richt. Did anyone hear him speak yesterday? He is not impressive at all. UGA deserves better

beanster

July 22nd, 2011
10:29 am

Clearly because Saban sold his soul to the devil years ago.

Curious George

July 22nd, 2011
10:31 am

Despite being a superior Football Coach, doesn’t Nick Saban actually remind you of one of those middle-aged swingers you might encounter hitting on your wife or girlfriend at a resort in Jamaica?

Dawglasville

July 22nd, 2011
10:32 am

Curious George – Is Alabama your team? Aren’t you a Tech guy?

Paul N Destin

July 22nd, 2011
10:33 am

Keep running that mouth about Nick Saban. His azz would make you a good Sunday face sport!

Darth Hater

July 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

Coach Saban keeps his players out of JAIL.

Coach Richt keeps his players out of the BCS.

jtc

July 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

Good thing about this season is if we are 2-0 I can get excited, if we are 0-2 and go on with my life…early disappointment is better

JB

July 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

My Dawgs have gotten to the point where we have to show them we can dance, not tell them. We’ve lost that privilege as of now. I do feel we will surprise some people this year. The National press will think the Boise game will be a laugher……I’m thinking Boise leaves that field black and blue.

Retro-Dog

July 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

Bradley, I refuse to read any more of your mindless drivel until you revert back to the Weird Al afro look of the 80’s.

Do that, and I’ll be your biggest fan, gladly nominate you for a Nobel, and appear as a character witness at your next AJC review, at no cost…

Chi Town

July 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Respect, Saban.

Driver 8

July 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

90% of sports prognosticators pick the team that finished first the year before. Not an overly imaginative process. What’s the old saying, “the future will be exactly like the past up until the moment when it is different.”

Sadly though (I am an ’84 UGA alum), there isn’t much about UGA’s last 3 seasons that would inspire an objective third party to pick them to win much of anything.

jarvis

July 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

You still use a typewriter? How does that end up on here?

Lies Lies and More Lies

July 22nd, 2011
10:44 am

If Mark Richt’s UGA squad does not win the SEC East this year with the easiest road schedule in the conference then please someone load up the rail and clear the path to out of town. No saddle needed, as big as CMR has gotten in the past 4 years he will fit nicely.

jarvis

July 22nd, 2011
10:44 am

Darth Hater, not hating….actually asking. Do you think a Tuscaloosa police officer would arrest an U of A football player for underage drinking?

JB

July 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

” Saban keeps his players out of Jail”………….. no, the “in the tank” cops keep his players out of jail. Does anyone think that the players recruited out of the same gene pool go to Bama in a college environment and not drink, chase women, stay out late etc…….The football program over there is bigger than the law…and you can take that to the bank. Players get taken straight to Saban, not to jail!

JB

July 22nd, 2011
10:48 am

“Saban keeps his players out of jail”….. No, the in the tank cops over there keep his players out of jail.

WDE

July 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

@Darth Hater really Saban also keeps his players greyshirted and medically unable better than anyone..and just a quick question after that 4th place finish last year you think you have a chance against LSU and Auburn this year? I mean after screwing the pooch that bad in the Iron Bowl your setting a new standard for underachieving aren’t you?

Tossed Salad

July 22nd, 2011
10:54 am

SEC FAN, the SEC East isn’t a conference, Einstein.

PMC

July 22nd, 2011
10:54 am

It’s August. I don’t care how much they want to leave last year in the past. Right now this Georgia team is a collection of 6-7 bums that are extrodinarily overated. If they want to change that, they had better be up to the challenge. They weren’t close last year.

JB

July 22nd, 2011
10:55 am

The biggest moment in Athens will be this year reacting to Dr. Adams if the Dawgs don’t have a decent year ( that’s all we’re concerned about by the way according to Richt’s comment at the meeting yesterday, which I cringed)If We just kick the can down the road some more. Richt’s quote was , “It get’s tough unless you win 8,9 or 10 games and a SEC title every 4 years or so’….something to that effect……………………. Yes, I know his goal is to go 12-0 every year, But I would I have been happier if he would of Said. “Our goal is to go 13-0 and win the SEC title every year and then the rest takes care of itself”!!!!!!!

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

July 22nd, 2011
11:04 am

Is the AJC president a Florida grad or something?

Russ, the Temporary Running Back

July 22nd, 2011
11:06 am

I am really excited about the new uniforms. Coach surprised us all when he showed them to us. We were really excited. I wet the floor.