‘Bama team to beat’: Crimson Tide gets the nod in pre-season poll
Published 6:54 am Monday, July 25, 2022
Otherwise the annual predictions from those covering SEC Media Days, didn’t contain a lot of surprises.
Two wit, Alabama was again picked to win the championship.
Even last year’s correct pick of the Tide almost needed an asterisk. The Tide did beat Georgia to win the conference title, but the Bulldogs came back and won the game that really mattered in a rematch for the national championship.
Those two are again the odds-on choice by the media, with the Tide getting 158 of the 181 votes as the champion, with Georgia a very distant second with 18.
South Carolina, although picked to finish fifth in the East, was the only other school to get more than one vote to win it all with three.
Texas A&M and, yes, Vanderbilt got a single vote.
Texas A&M was the West’s No. 2 pick, followed by Arkansas, Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn.
Kentucky was second in the East, followed by Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
LSU had four selections on the preseason All-SEC team, including two first-teamers in wide receiver Kayshon Boutte and defensive lineman BJ Ojulari.
The other two were also defensive linemen with Ali Gaye making second team and Maason Smith on the third team.
Alabama had the most with 18, including 10 first teamers, three on the second team and five on the third team.
SEC PREDICTED FINISH
Georgia (172) – 1254
Kentucky (4) – 932
Tennessee (1) – 929
Florida – 712
South Carolina (3) – 662
Missouri – 383
Vanderbilt (1) – 196
Alabama (177) – 1262
Texas A&M (3)– 968
Arkansas (1) – 844
Ole Miss – 675
LSU – 591
Mississippi State –390
Auburn – 338
Alabama — 158; Georgia — 18; South Carolina — 3; Vanderbilt – 1; Texas A&M — 1.
ALL-SEC PRESEASON TEAM
QB – Bryce Young, Alabama
RB – Tank Bigsby, Auburn
RB – Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
WR – Kayshon Boutte, LSU
WR – Jermaine Burton, Alabama
TE – Brock Bowers, Georgia
OL – Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
OL – Warren McClendon, Georgia
OL – O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
OL – Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
C – Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
DL – Jalen Carter, Georgia
DL – BJ Ojulari, LSU
DL – Derick Hall, Auburn
DL – Byron Young, Tennessee
LB – Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
LB – Nolan Smith, Georgia
LB – Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama
DB – Jordan Battle, Alabama
DB – Kelee Ringo, Georgia
DB – Eli Ricks, Alabama
DB – Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
P – Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M
PK – Will Reichard, Alabama
RS – Kearis Jackson, Georgia
AP – Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
QB – Hendon Hooker, Tennessee; RB – Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky; RB – Devon Achane, Texas A&M; WR – Cedric Tillman, Tennessee; WR – Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss; TE – Cameron Latu, Alabama; OL – Layden Robinson, Texas A&M; OL – Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky; OL – Darnell Wright, Tennessee; OL – Javion Cohen, Alabama; C – Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia.
DL – Zacch Pickens, South Carolina; DL – D.J. Dale, Alabama; DL – Ali Gaye, LSU; DL – Colby Wooden, Auburn; LB – Bumper Pool, Arkansas; LB – Dallas Turner, Alabama; LB – Brenton Cox Jr., Florida; DB – Cam Smith, South Carolina; DB – Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M; DB – Christopher Smith, Georgia; DB – Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State.
P – Oscar Chapman, Auburn; PK – Anders Carlson, Auburn; RS – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M; AP – Devon Achane, Texas A&M
QB – Will Levis, Kentucky; RB – Zach Evans, Ole Miss; RB – Kenny McIntosh, Georgia; WR – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M; WR – Josh Vann, South Carolina; TE – Jaheim Bell, South Carolina; OL – Brady Latham, Arkansas; OL – Tyler Steen, Alabama; OL – Javon Foster, Missouri; *OL – Jeremy James, Ole Miss *OL – Kendall Randolph, Alabama; C – Cooper Mays, Tennessee.
DL – Gervon Dexter, Florida; DL – Justin Eboigbe, Alabama; DL – Maason Smith, LSU; DL – McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M; LB – Owen Pappoe, Auburn; LB – Ventrell Miller, Florida; LB – Jeremy Banks, Tennessee; DB – Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama; DB – Trey Dean III, Florida; DB – Trevon Flowers, Tennessee; DB – Malachi Moore, Alabama.
P – Paxton Brooks, Tennessee; PK – Harrison Mevis, Missouri; RS – JoJo Earle, Alabama; AP – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
* – Indicates a tie