SEC football SIDs predict 2020 division winners, rank the 14 teams
An uncertain 2020 college football season is inching closer as programs continue to take steps to get ready for Week 1. With no spring practice session due to the NCAA-wide shutdown at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are a lot more question marks than usual. But that’s not stopping predictions of how the 2020 season will play out.
AL.com recently conducted its 74th annual “SEC Spring Football Report” where each team’s sports information director (SID) predicts the division winners and ranks the 14 teams overall. (Sports information directors are typically the team’s top public relations professional and are often the ones who fill out “coaches” votes for polls, awards, etc among many other duties.)
According to Charles Hollis, here’s how the SEC SIDs voted:
1. Alabama (168 total points)
2. Georgia (149)
3. Tie: LSU, Florida (139)
5. Auburn (124)
6. Texas A&M (109)
7. Tennessee (93)
8. South Carolina (82)
9. Kentucky (80)
10. Mississippi State (60)
11. Ole Miss (54)
12. Missouri (38)
13. Arkansas (20)
14. Vanderbilt (19)
The AL.com article notes each team’s SID could not vote for its own school in either the division or overall poll.
Not many major preseason top 25 polls are out yet but ESPN’s Football Power Index has ranked all 130 FBS teams, including the 14 SEC teams. The SEC SIDs agree with the FPI that Alabama, Georgia and LSU are in the top 3 but differ on where many of the other teams belong. As the season gets closer, we’ll get plenty more preseason SEC rankings to compare and debate.
Do you think the SIDs got it right?