The AP polled its SEC writers to assess the season so far. Georgia’s name comes up quite a bit and it’s all favorable.
Most Surprising Team: Georgia.
Even though the Bulldogs were the preseason favorite to win the East, few expected them to have four lopsided victories through four SEC games. Beating Mississippi State 31-3 raised eyebrows. Thumping Tennessee 41-0 on the road made it clear Georgia was no fluke. The last two wins — 41-14 at Vanderbilt and 53-28 against Missouri — simply reinforced outside beliefs that the Bulldogs can play with anyone — maybe even Alabama.
“When you see the scores and the point differential and what looks like really lights-out defensive play, that’s what champions are built of,” former Georgia coach and current Miami coach Mark Richt said.
On the flip side,
Most Disappointing Team: Tennessee.
No surprise here. The Volunteers have been the talk of college football much of the year, from the garbage can on the sideline to the team’s play on the field and to coach Butch Jones’ future. It could get worse, too. Tennessee travels to Alabama on Saturday.
Also receiving votes: Florida.
And that’s your first-half SEC East in a nutshell.