Alabama, Georgia overwhelming picks in SEC divisional races

Alabama, Georgia overwhelming picks in SEC divisional races

July 20th, 2018 by David Paschall in Breaking News

Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand (9) was among seven Alabama players selected Saturday and among the 12 Crimson Tide players taken throughout the 2018 NFL draft.

Photo by Crimson Tide Photos

Alabama and Georgia were the overwhelming picks to meet in the 2018 Southeastern Conference football championship game after a vote by the league media at the SEC Media Days event earlier this week in Atlanta.

The league vote was released this morning.

Running back Sony Michel and Georgia's runner-up finish in college football this past season helped the Bulldogs to a No. 8 ranking in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings for the 2017-18 year.

Running back Sony Michel and Georgia's runner-up finish...

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Nick Saban's Crimson Tide received 263 first-place votes and 1,971 total points in the West race, with Auburn next with 19 first-place votes and 1,664 points. Mississippi State was picked third, with Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas rounding out that division.

Georgia was an even more overwhelming favorite in the East, receiving 271 first-place votes and 1,977 points to South Carolina's eight first-place votes and 1,535 points. Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt rounded out the division.

Alabama received 193 votes to win the overall title, with Georgia (69), Auburn (14), South Carolina (four) and Florida (two) the only other teams receiving multiple votes.

Missouri's Drew Lock was tabbed as the All-SEC quarterback over Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, with Georgia's Jake Fromm and Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald tying for the third-team spot.

Tennessee's only representative on the league's first, second or third teams was first-team offensive lineman Trey Smith.

For more information, read Saturday's Times Free Press