Alabama will not be returning to the SEC Championship Game this season; at least that’s what the fourteen sports information directors around the Southeastern Conference seem to think.
In a recent poll conducted by Al.com, all fourteen SIDs were asked who they thought would represent the SEC’s East and West divisions in the December 5 championship game in Atlanta. Auburn, a trendy pick this season among college football experts and insiders, received three first place votes and three second place votes among the seven votes cast by SEC West SIDs.
That was just enough to edge defending SEC champ Alabama, who received three first place votes, two second place votes and one third place vote. (Wonder who was gutsy enough to vote Bama third?) The SIDs were not permitted to vote for their own schools.
Georgia was a much clearer choice in the East, claiming six out of seven first place votes, with two-time defending East champ Missouri getting one first place vote, four seconds and one fifth place vote. (Fifth? Really?)
IF the poll results hold true, we’ll get a championship game preview when Georgia travels to Auburn for their annual regular season meeting on November 14. The Dawgs will host Alabama in a much-anticipated match up on October 3.
Auburn and Georgia have a combined 10 SEC Championship Game appearances, but the two have never met in the title game. According to the SIDs of the SEC, at least, this could be the year.
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