Media vote: Gators over Dogs in landslide; six Dogs preseason All-SEC

HOOVER, Ala. – More than 85 percent of the voters in the SEC’s annual preseason media poll picked Florida to again win the East Division, with Georgia the choice to finish second.

The Gators got 153 of 177 votes to win the East in the survey, announced Friday as SEC Media Days wrapped up. Georgia got 15 first-place votes, South Carolina eight and, inexplicably, Vanderbilt one.

Alabama was the media’s overwhelming pick to win the West Division, with Arkansas second.

And in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama will beat Florida, according to the poll. The Crimson Tide drew 143 of 177 votes to win the Dec. 4 game in Atlanta, while the Gators got 17 votes. Two voters picked Georgia to win the championship game.

Now, it should be noted that the preseason media poll does not have a good track record for predicting the SEC champion. Only four times in the past 18 years has the team picked to win the league actually done so.

The media correctly forecast Florida’s championships in 1994, 1995 and 2008 and LSU’s in 2007, but otherwise erred in its preseason prognostication each year since the SEC went to divisional play in 1992.

On 11 of 18 occasions, the team picked to win the league didn’t even reach the championship game.

A couple of interesting things about this year’s predicted order of finish in the East: Georgia was just one point ahead of South Carolina for second place, and Kentucky got the nod for fourth place ahead of Tennessee.

Vanderbilt, despite that one first-place vote, was the overwhelming choice to finish last in the East.

In the West, Auburn was picked third, followed by LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss in that order.

Six Dogs preseason All-SEC

Six Georgia players were named to the media’s preseason All-SEC team Friday, including four on the first team: wide receiver A.J. Green, offensive lineman Clint Boling, punter Drew Butler and placekicker Blair Walsh.

The same four players were on the coaches’ preseason All-SEC first team named earlier this week.

Georgia also placed two defensive players on the media’s second team: outside linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Brandon Boykin.

The Bulldogs had no defensive players chosen in the coaches’ vote.

Alabama running back Mark Ingram was the leading vote-getter on the media team, but the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was left off a dozen ballots.

Newton’s return to SEC

Auburn coach Gene Chizik is enthused about his new starting quarterback, Cameron Newton, who is from Atlanta.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do on and off the field,” Chizik said Friday.

Newton started his college career at Florida, but was dismissed from the team after being arrested and charged with stealing another student’s laptop computer. He led Blinn College (Texas) to the national junior college championship last season and then transferred to Auburn.

“It’s a good thing that he’s had a little bit of experience in this league [at Florida], just traveling around and being in different stadiums, seeing it, knowing it,” Chizik said. “I think that little thing in itself is big.”

Newton won Auburn’s starting job in spring practice.

“As I’ve told him, he’s got to get on the field now and deliver,” Chizik said. “That’s the last piece of the puzzle and the most critical part. He can do whatever he wants in practice. He’s got to take that to the game field and deliver.”

Player responsibility

While some coaches, most notably Alabama’s Nick Saban, have railed against unscrupulous agents this week, Tennessee’s Derek Dooley shifted the burden to the players to avoid temptation to do wrong.

“At the end of the day, it’s the responsibility of the player,” Dooley said Friday. “It’s a responsibility of the player that if somebody comes up and confronts you in public and wants to fight you, you walk away. It’s a responsibility of the player to not break the law. It’s a responsibility of the player to not break the rules of the NCAA.”

Henderson influenced Dooley

Much is made of how Dooley’s coaching style was influenced by his father, Vince, and his mentor, Saban. But Dooley made a point at Media Days to credit someone else, too: Billy Henderson, who was Dooley’s coach at Clarke Central High School in Athens.

Henderson “probably had as big an impact on my coaching style as anybody,” Dooley said. “Just an incredible way with people.”

Etc.

LSU opens the season against North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Sept. 4. LSU coach Les Miles said he let his team vote on whether to schedule the game. “It was unanimous,” he said. “That gives them ownership in this decision.” … LSU’s fourth-place position in the SEC West preseason media poll didn’t discourage Miles. “I like my team,” he said. “I like us in every game.” … After struggling with end-of-game clock management last season, Miles said LSU has “added that to our game-week preparation. Maybe we’re a little more prepared, a little bit more ready to play in those situations. … It’s not just lip service.” … Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt to the media: “Y’all picked us last. Thank you.” … Dooley, who left his Atlanta law practice at age 27 in 1996 to enter coaching, cites one of the many advantages of the career change: “I don’t have to bill time, thank goodness.” … Dooley wasn’t surprised that his first Media Days question was about his mother, Barbara. “Everybody loves my mother because she subscribes to the theory ’speak first, think second,’” he said. “The exact opposite of my dad.”

SEC PREDICTIONS

(Predicted order of finish in preseason media poll, with first-place votes in parentheses).

East

1. Florida (153) 1,030

2. Georgia (15) 791

3. South Carolina (8) 790

4. Kentucky 462

5. Tennessee 450

6. Vanderbilt (1) 194

West

1. Alabama (157) 1,034

2. Arkansas (6) 726

3. Auburn (10) 691

4. LSU (1) 653

5. Mississippi State 320

6. Ole Miss (3) 293

Votes to win SEC Championship Game: Alabama 143, Florida 17, Auburn 7, Arkansas 3, Georgia 2, Ole Miss 2, Kentucky 1, LSU 1, South Carolina 1.

323 comments Add your comment

BhamDawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

the media never picks it right

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

Vandy got a 1st place vote?

Is that a typo?

As we discovered in 2008, preseason polls mean little.

Let’s play football and quit talking.

jp

July 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

this is complete garbage, Dawgs win SEC title over LSU in a beatdown

jp

July 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

Murray will be a better QB by the UF game than Brantley with his talent and a modest amount of experience by then.

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npgator

July 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

Two voters picked Georgia to win the SEC! Let me guess – Mark Schlabach and Tony Barnhardt?

Mikey in the SAV

July 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Auburn and LSU didnt get much love did they?

Having said that, preseason polls mean diddly squat.

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Smokewagon

July 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

I can definitely understand the Fl pick but let’s remember that it is an opinion and yet to be proven.

Matt

July 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

1 2 3 4 5 The Gators own the Dawgs and that’s no jive.

Vandy got a vote???

July 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

Did somebody give Spurrier a media credential???

DIT

July 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

I totally agree with it! Florida is the champ until someone knocks them off. Too many questions for UGA on the defense. Heck, I would much rather be flying under the radar this year than wearing a Bullseye.
Like another poster stated. That’s why we play them.
Should be a great season. Go Dawgs!

Aaron Murray-20 INT's 8 TD's

July 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

Georgia won’t even finish 4th in their crap league. SC and KY will beat finish ahead. UGA is the most overrated piece of dung every year in the history of college football.

Roll Tide

July 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE ROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'94 Dawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

Arkansas will be this year’s Ole Miss and loss 4 games. LSU will be second behind Bama in the West. Auburnt sucks. Georgia will win the East by FINALLY winning in Jacksonville. Of course…..I could be wrong. I have been on that pick more than a few times. I would HAVE to think the Dawgs will be better on offense by just getting a QB that throws more TDs than INTs. And we KNOW the defense will be better. GO DAWGS!!!!! 30-24.

T.O

July 23rd, 2010
9:34 am

Thanks for the article but why does everything that is written about UGA become a blog?? It becomes the same 40-50 people from Tech, UF and UGA spewing stupid remarks at one another until the editor has to close the remarks. Just report the updates and cut back on the blogs. Give it a rest!!

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

July 23rd, 2010
9:34 am

News Bulletin: Here is Georgia’s new Athletic Director.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Au_8GMUxVs

Keep America strong,build more submarines.

Tech Lifer

July 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

To JP: step away from the LSD.

FLA DAWG

July 23rd, 2010
9:38 am

Upset in The SEC (The Toughest Conference In The Nation – Again) this season.
Dawgs win The East.

We are UnderDawgs this season and we always perform better when positioned so low.

Go Dawgs!

joe

July 23rd, 2010
9:39 am

The two that jump out is Tennessee and LSU are too low.

The Ol' Ball Coach

July 23rd, 2010
9:41 am

I will try to win more than 7 games this season. I know I have only done it once while at USC. If I do not, I will blaime my QB & players. I will then go play golf.

Larry O

July 23rd, 2010
9:42 am

Georgia vs Auburn in the SEC championship game.

Dawgs Run This State

July 23rd, 2010
9:42 am

How many consecutive years have we seen the same result (Alabama defeats Florida) from the SEC championship game? Some other team will rise to the top this year.

Brian

July 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

Murray better than Brantley. Haha. Now that is funny.

DAWGS LICK BALLS!

July 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

Gators and Bama easily in SEC Championship both will end up with 1 lose in the end spliting regular season and SEC championship! And both will win their bowl game one or the other being the NC!! The pups……..well they sucked in the past and they suck now! But dont get me wrong I love reading all of their pre-season hype!!!! LMAO!

Just saying..

July 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

Hey TO….no one said you had to get on the blog. Read then article & then click somwhere else. Bye.

ForsythDawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Finally, an actual FOOTBALL discussion. As a UGA grad/fan, I will say that I agree with these rankings until we show otherwise. We continue to have the talent, but we need a spark that we haven’t had in several years. Fortunately Murray is much better than Cox and we’ll have one of the best O-lines in the country. Can’t wait until the USC and Arkansas games to see what we can really do!

Dawgs ruin this state

July 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Uh 2 moron. You aren’t going to win anything. It will be the same crap uga team. You’ll lose to Sc, Ark, UF, AUb and probably gt or ky.

Rip Van Winkle

July 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Dawg fans wake up from 30 year nap. NOT!

Huh?

July 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

Brian – The whole Murray v Brantley arguement is worthless at this point considering neither has had any meaningful snaps at this point. Give me a break…

jaglaw

July 23rd, 2010
9:50 am

UGU discovered the blue print on how to beat UF.

1997- Robert Edwards
2007-Knowshon Moreno

If UGA runs the ball affectively, they can beat UF. That simple.

OH yeh, no turn overs, penalties, and coverage breakdowns…….. could be difficult.??

jaglaw

July 23rd, 2010
9:51 am

oops typo….UGA

Damon & Courtney

July 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

FLA DAWG -

“We are UnderDawgs this season and we always perform better when positioned so low.

Go Dawgs!”

Damon:”That’s what she said.”

Courtney -”My designer red panties – coming to SEC Stadiums and Shreveport (funny how the town name works so well with panties) this fall.”

GoldenDawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

This is like Jeff Driskel is the number one QB recruit in the country? LOL

Dawgs Run This State

July 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

We will see a lot of the big o-line doing the same thing they did to our little sisters on North Ave this year. And defenses will never be able to ignore AJ. That will beat any team as long as the D is improved.

jeff

July 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

wow…even after Teblow…media still in bed with UF…..funny…it’s all about a love affair with Urban and Nickie…..lets see what happens when the dog and pony shows go on probation…

jaglaw

July 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

The whole “gun slinger” mentality scares me. Name the last one of that breed that was successful in the SEC/…….uhmmmmm? How many SEC rings did Stafford have? NONE.

If Murray is a “gun slinger”, he better learn how to aim his gun, or it could be a long season.

I think teams will put eight in the box, and force Murray to beat them. With 8 in the box, throws will be easier….but he still has to make them. I think he will improve drasticly as the season goes on, but those early games against ARK and SC scare me the most.

Dawg Trainer

July 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

Tennessee flying under the radar. 5th in the East? Really? I’ll take it, though. Means nobody is expecting us to do anything, and also means Kentucky is expected to beat us for the 1st time since 1984. In Knoxville. I don’t think so.

TRASH

July 23rd, 2010
9:59 am

The article should have written “…and, inexplicably, Georgia 15.”

DollarDawg43

July 23rd, 2010
10:00 am

Hard to argue with the poll; if I had a vote I would have probably done the same. Pre-season polls don’t mean much but it is fun to read about them while we wait for the playing to begin.

In Georgia, it is ALWAYS football season and this is just another part:

From September to January we play;
Then we get ready for Signing Day;
Next we get ready for Spring Practice and G-Day;
Next up is summer conditioning and more recruiting
Finally it is September and we are playing again.

My favorite time of football season is September to January but I like it all.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 23rd, 2010
10:01 am

What is there to disagree about. UF is has set the bar for the SEC East essentially or 20 years. Until UGA can consistently play with them this will be how the “preseason” polls look. UGA has to suck it up, put on there big boy pants and do the hard work it takes to beat a team like UF. Its as simple as that.

Bruce Mac

July 23rd, 2010
10:01 am

Don’t you wish you were a Yech fan and could go on every UGA Blog and post about red panties. That would be so much fun, tee hee tee hee. I am so gay and love to post about red panties on UGA Blogs. Yee Doggies.

Jack

July 23rd, 2010
10:01 am

Driskell is proving right now at the Elite 11 camp that he is the best QB recruit in the country, and there is simply no way Murray wiil be better than Brantley this year. You dawgies are just as delusional about Florida as Gators were about Georgia during the ’80’s.

Elliot Garcia

July 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

Georgia fans think they are going to win a national championship every pre-season. I guess it is ok to dream…..

jaglaw

July 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

Hey Jeff,

Did you see the PHile Steele blog regarding UF offense, and point production, when you have a drop back passer vs a dual threat. Doesnt bid well for Brantley. It also addresses the loss of Charlie Strong. Good Read. Defense wins. Charlie Strong is the difference, regardless of how Brantley plays. If the new DC cant perform, then UF will drop off the map.

AltamahaDawg

July 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

Clearly, they didn’t check with BuLLdawg or they would have known that UGA has the “best defense we have had in 3 decades”.

Nice to see a couple of those 6 juniors he knows will leave early for the NFL finally picked on somebodies second team.

Greensboro, GA

July 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

————————–
Nesbitt for Heisman
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Lindsey

July 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

How is the world can Florida be expected to win the SEC with that tough schedule!! I mean Miami (OH), USF and Appalachian State, plus those 7 homes games, that will be brutal!!! Looking forward to Jacksonville, GO DAWGS!!!

Chomp2wice

July 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

Arkansas is gonna be the sleaper team. Alabama’s defensive unit will be tested really early.

KimZ'sPackage

July 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

USC and UGA will be a good game. USC could be #2 in the east by the second game. I think the dawgs could get beat because of the new QB and new D may not be ready by the 2nd game of the season. It looks like Arkansas is a bit high and LSU a bit low.