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Hoover, AL –-At the conclusion of SEC Media Days on Thursday, the members of the media made their predictions on the outcome of this year’s SEC championship race. According to those in attendance, Alabama is the favorite to win the conference championship, receiving 203 first place votes.

The Georgia Bulldogs finished in a distant second with 49 votes, while the Gators received 20 first place nods. In the race for the East, Florida was selected to finish second behind Georgia, but it should be noted that ESPN’s FPI has predicted Georgia’s first loss of the 2019 season to come at the hands of the Gators.

Furthermore, the SEC Media Days panel has only correctly predicted the eventual SEC champion seven times since its inception in 1992, a track record that bodes well for anyone who is not selected to win.

Aside from their SEC Championship predictions, the panel made their selections for the Preseason All-SEC teams.

Alabama set a new record with twelve First Team selections. The previous record of ten, was set by Alabama in 2017.

Florida was largely overlooked in the selection but received two First Team selections in DL Jabari Zuniga and DB CJ Henderson. Running back Lamical Perine, senior LB David Reese II, AP Kadarius Toney, and P Tommy Townsend were Second Team selections. Florida’s Evan McPherson was a Third Team selection.

Florida’s players may have a big chip on their shoulder this season, as the selections show that they still have some ground to make up in terms of being perceived as a true contender for the championship. However, this is just talking season and there is a reason that the games are played on the field.

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