As SEC Country shuts it down, we wanted to go out with a final bang.
Not picking Alabama to win the SEC in 2018 would have done the trick.
But that would have been wrong.
In a poll of the SEC Country staff, the Crimson Tide picked up 16 of 20 votes to win the SEC Championship Game. Georgia, which won the SEC title last season by defeating Auburn and lost to Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game, received 2 votes, while Auburn and Mississippi State each picked up 1 vote.
Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa received the most votes for SEC Player of the Year. The hero of the National Championship Game victory against the Bulldogs last season, Tagovailoa isn’t even a lock to be coach Nick Saban’s starting quarterback in the season opener Sept. 1 against Louisville in Orlando, Fla. But most expect him to beat out Jalen Hurts and do really big things in Tuscaloosa.
SEC Country sees first-year Florida coach Dan Mullen as Coach of the Year front-runner. He received 8 votes, while South Carolina’s Will Muschamp (4) and Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead (3) and Saban (3) followed.
SEC East predictions
|2 (tie)||South Carolina||51||1|
SEC West predictions
Alabama: 16 votes
Mississippi State: 1
Player of the Year
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 8 votes
Drew Lock, Missouri: 4
D’Andre Swift, Georgia: 3
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn: 2
Jake Fromm, Georgia: 1
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina: 1
Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss: 1
Coach of the Year
Dan Mullen, Florida: 8 votes
Will Muschamp, South Carolina: 4
Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State: 3
Nick Saban, Alabama: 3
Gus Malzahn, Auburn: 1
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: 1
Freshman of the Year
Zamir White, Georgia: 5 (tie)
Patrick Surtain Jr., Alabama: 5 (tie)
Justin Fields, Georgia: 3
Emory Jones, Florida: 3
Ja’Marr Chase, LSU: 1
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama: 1