SEC ballot, Phase One

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HOOVER, Ala. ” The other SEC coaches probably liked Steve Spurrier a lot more when he was sort of bad-mouthing his South Carolina team the past two years at SEC Media Days.

They probably don’t like the Spurrier who stood at the podium on Wednesday and proclaimed the Gamecocks are ready to start competing for the SEC title.

If Spurrier says they’re ready, they’re ready. That means the job just got tougher for evyerone else in the SEC.

Are the Gamecocks good enough to win the Eastern Division? I think so. No question.

Am I picking them? I’m tempted, but I just can’t pull the tricker on the head ball coach’s team.

I have a feeling Spurrier’s former team is going to repeat.

Here are my predictions in the SEC:

East

1. Florida
2. South Carolina
3. Tennessee
4. Georgia
5. Kentucky
6. Vanderbilt

West

1. LSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Arkansas
5. Mississippi State
6. Mississippi

Conference champion: Florida