“Oh, yeah, that would be nice,” senior defensive end Garrison Smith. “At the same time, it doesn’t matter who we play. If we make it to that point, whether it’s Alabama or Ole Miss or LSU or Mississippi State, it doesn’t matter.”
Georgia is seeking its third straight trip to the title game and first SEC title since 2005. The Bulldogs lost 32-28 to Alabama in the title game last season.
“Georgia is definitely back on the map,” quarterback Aaron Murray said.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama was the overwhelming choice to win the SEC, getting 182 of 243 votes. Georgia garnered 38, University of South Carolina 18, Texas A&M 4 and Louisiana State University 1.
Georgia got 149 votes to win the SEC East, followed by 75 for South Carolina and 19 for the University of Florida.
I knew it was going to be us Florida or South Carolina,” said coach Mark Richt, coming off a 12-2 season. “I think it was a tough call this year in particular with those three teams. And you never know what Tennessee will rise up and do or really any team for that matter. It will be interesting to see.”
Nine Georgia players made the preseason All-SEC team as voted on by the media.
Tailback Todd Gurley and tight end Arthur Lynch were first-team picks.
Tailback Keith Marshall, offensive guard Chris Burnette, linebacker Jordan Jenkins and cornerback Damian Swann made the second team.
Quarterback Aaron Murray, Smith and receiver Malcolm Mitchell are third-team selections.