In their 76th annual SEC post-spring football report, Birmingham News asked the SEC’s 14 football information directors to predict the final league standings for the 2022 season.
Despite Georgia overcoming the ultimate hurdle of beating Alabama and winning the national championship in 2021, the Bulldogs only received three votes for a first place finish in 2022.
Voters ignored their own team, so only 13 votes were placed, but Georgia received three votes for first place, nine for second place and one for third place.
Georgia was the only team other than Alabama to receive a first place vote. Meanwhile, this was the tenth consecutive year that Alabama has been picked to finish No. 1.
In the East, Georgia is projected to finish first for the sixth consecutive year.
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The Bulldogs (36 points) received all six first-place votes for which they were eligible, with Kentucky getting the other.
Kentucky and Tennessee tied for second in the voting with 28 points. The Wildcats got one first-place vote, two seconds and three thirds, while the Volunteers received four seconds and two thirds.
Florida checked in fourth with 22 points, followed by South Carolina (16), Missouri (11) and Vanderbilt (6). Again, the Commodores were named last on every ballot.
Florida received two votes for fifth place, five for seventh, two for ninth, three for tenth and one for twelfth.
Another rival, Tennessee, received three for fourth place, two for fifth, four for sixth, two for seventh and two for eighth.