It's a far cry from past year, when a USC team coming off a 3-9 campaign was picked to finish last in head coach Will Muschamp's first season.
Georgia, which has 10 returning starters back on defense, plus quarterback Jacob Eason and 1,000-yard running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, had 138 first-place votes to win the East and 1,572 points, while Florida Gators, which has won the last two East titles, received 96 first-place votes and 1,526 points.
SC received more first-place divisional votes than Tennessee (five to three) despite receiving 101 fewer points in overall balloting.
Media chose Georgia as the SEC Eastern Division victor with 1,572 votes, followed by Florida (1,526votes), Tennessee (998), SC (897), Kentucky (869), Vanderbilt (554) and Missouri (388).
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It was more of the same in the SEC West, as Alabama was once again named the favorite for that division.
League reporters have not fared well in selecting the overall champion in past years.
Alabama was picked to win the conference championship, receiving 217 points, with Auburn second (11) and Georgia third (six).
Picked behind Alabama in the SEC West were Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi. Hayden Hurst (second team tight end), Skai Moore (second team linebacker) and Deebo Samuel (third team wide receiver) were named to the All-SEC teams.
Georgia was picked to win the East by a narrow margin over two-time defending division champion Florida.