$10 million coaches predicted to meet again for SEC title

University of Georgia photo / Georgia football coach Kirby Smart and Alabama counterpart Nick Saban share a laugh before last December's Southeastern Conference championship game won 41-24 by the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs would exact revenge in January's national championship matchup with a 33-18 triumph.

Which teams are expected to vie for this year's Southeastern Conference football championship?

The two with the $10 million coaches, of course.

Alabama and Georgia are again the overwhelming picks to win their respective divisions this season after the league office Friday released the voting totals that were compiled earlier this week at SEC media days at Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame. Nick Saban's Crimson Tide received 177 of 181 first-place votes to win the Western Division, while Kirby Smart's Bulldogs racked up 172 of the 181 first-place votes in the East.

In the vote for the overall league champion - something media members have projected correctly just nine times in the past 30 years but in five of the last eight - Alabama received 158 votes to Georgia's 18.