Live in the Augusta area as well (Evans). I have come across a few SEC fans in the area that know a little about college football. But Augusta isn't a very good measuring stick for educated football fans. Most ride that SEC bandwagon but all have not had anything bad to say about the Buckeyes winning out. Plus, all that I have come across were impressed at how well the Buckeyes played with a "3rd String" QB and how easily they beat Bama and Oregon.
Now, I'm dealing with the Kentucky juggernaut. No argument there, those guys are pretty damn good.