Dirty Dozen: Predictions for 2012

ATHENS – Dean Legge's list of 12 things that will happen this football season at Georgia.

Predicting the future is, well, nearly impossible to do. But here is a crack at what will happen before the end of the football season at Georgia (a little recruiting, too).

1. Georgia will be in a one-game scenario, make-or-break, to play for the BCS National Game in the SEC Championship Game against either LSU or Alabama. If the Bulldogs win they will almost certainly play in the BCS National Title Game.

2. Georgia will not end the season undefeated; it will have at least one loss entering the SEC Championship Game. The most likely games the Bulldogs could lose are (in order): at South Carolina, vs. Florida, at Auburn, at Missouri and vs. Tennessee.

3. Aaron Murray will have less than 30 touchdowns and ten interceptions. He will be a Heisman Trophy contender, and may even get selected to travel to New York City for the announcement, but he will not win the award.

4. Todd Gurley will be the leading rusher for the team and will be the starter no later than the Vanderbilt game in late September. But Ken Malcolm and Keith Marshall will have their games, too.

5. Jarvis Jones will only have nine sacks this season, but will still be the team's top overall playmaker.

6. Bacarri Rambo, even though he will miss some time due to a suspension, will still lead the team in interceptions.

7. Kolton Houston will play at some point this season.

8. Todd Grantham will not get into an on-the-field altercation with someone from another program. Vanderbilt's James Franklin, on the other hand, will be booed louder than any Vanderbilt coach ever has been or will ever deserve to be by a Sanford Stadium crowd. Bobby Johnson actually figured out how to beat Georgia and no one booed him. The SEC will grow tired of Franklin's act (if most of it hasn't already) by about October.

9. More and more night games (thanks to the SEC's TV package) will make for a rowdier Sanford Stadium, and, therefore a better atmosphere in which to watch the Bulldogs play.

10. Georgia will take the recruiting lead for good with prospects Laramy Tunsil, Montravious Adams and Tray Matthews in late November or December. Rueben Foster will visit Georgia, but will stick with Auburn. Alabama will take one too many running backs, and Georgia will be the beneficiary of the Tide's overreach – no one needs three running backs in one class. The Bulldogs will have more than 30 players committed to them by New Year's Day 2013.

11. Damien Swann is better than you think; Hutson Mason is, too. One will be able to prove it this season… the other will have to wait.

12. Malcolm Mitchell won't be able to replace Tavarres King's production because of his play on defense, but his big play abilities will help the Bulldogs in their November push towards the SEC East title.

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