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Georgia QB Aaron Murray
The defending SEC East champions will again play for the SEC title in 2012.
The Georgia Bulldogs enter the season with a lot of questions, but the absence of Alabama, LSU and Arkansas fro their schedule is too big to ignore.
Aaron Murray set the single-season school record with 35 touchdown passes last season, and despite that, his season was viewed as inconsistent thanks to 14 interceptions. That will improve with another offseason of seasoning under his belt.
The loss of running back Isaiah Crowell hurts, but Ken Malcome, Richard Samuel, Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley are fully capable of handling the load by committee.
Wide receiver Tavarres King returns after a sizzling performance in the Outback Bowl, and sophomore Malcom Mitchell will move back to wide receiver after pitching in at cornerback for the early part of the season.
Defensively, Georgia is loaded. Linebacker Jarvis Jones is one of the best linebackers in the country, and he will lead a defense that is extremely underrated under third-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended for the Week 2 showdown against the potent Missouri offense, and safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree are facing suspensions of their own. If the Bulldogs can get past that trap, a return to Atlanta is likely.
Projected wins: Buffalo, at Missouri, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, at Kentucky, Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.), Ole Miss, at Auburn, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech
Projected losses: at South Carolina