Georgia Bulldogs Football: Five Bold Predictions for 2010
There are less than 50 days until Georgia kicks off the 2010 season against Louisiana-Lafayette. So I thought it would be a great time to make a list of five bold predictions for the 2010 season.
Now from what I've read, most articles that claim to make outlandish predictions do nothing of the sort. The predictions are normally feasible and seem likely to occur.
However, this article is going to make five very bold predictions for the upcoming season, with five being the least bold and one being the most bold.
So before you start attacking me and screaming blasphemy after reading this, remember, these are all BOLD predictions. Some may come to fruition, some may not because with the Georgia Bulldogs you never know.
5. Georgia will Defeat the Gators
If there was any year where the Bulldogs wanted to sneak up on the Gators and return an SEC East title to Athens, this year would be the year.
The Gators lost a lot of leadership and experience to the NFL this season. I'm not going to say talent because Florida has all the talent in the world and as the Dawgs know well, talent doesn't always get you very far.
I expect this game to be an offensive shootout with Georgia doing most of its damage in the air. The Gators may struggle to find a pass rush this season, and without replacements for Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham, Aaron Murray will have a good time picking apart the Gator secondary.
I like Georgia’s chances in this game this season. Of course it won’t be easy, but if the Bulldogs can get a lead, they will be able to grind it out on the ground with Caleb King and Washaun Ealey to keep Florida’s offense off the field.
4. King and Ealey will Rush for 2,000 yards Combined
These two tailbacks had their coming-out party and established themselves as a dangerous duo in the final regular season game of 2009 against Georgia Tech. A game in which they ran for over 300 yards.
Entering the 2010 season with a new quarterback will mean a lot of things for Ealey and King. They will be called upon to eat up clock, and keep opposing offenses off the field.
They most certainly will get more carries and more carries means more yards.
Coaches have already observed that Washaun Ealey is in even better shape than he was last year - that's crazy considering he averaged 5.7-yards-per-carry last season. Caleb King also came into his own towards the end of the season, showing flashes brilliance that were expected of him since he was a freshman.
With a talented veteran offensive line, King and Ealey will combine to rush for 2,000 yards or more in 2010, establishing themselves as the best tailback tandem to ever play for Georgia.
And just think, they'll be back in 2011.
3. UGA will Play in a BCS Bowl
The past two seasons have been somewhat disappointing as far as bowls go for the Georgia Bulldogs.
2008 ended in the Capitol One Bowl in a year that was "Fiesta Bowl or Bust", and 2009 ended in Shreveport - enough said. Both years ended in victories, but in 2010 the Bulldogs are going to enter back into the spotlight.
For the fourth time under Mark Richt, the Georgia Bulldogs will play in a BCS Bowl. Whether it be in the Sugar Bowl as SEC Champions or the Fiesta Bowl as an at-large team, the Dawgs are making their step back into national prominence.
A BCS Bowl bid would do a lot to quiet the critics asserting that Mark Richt's program is on the decline, and the coach himself is on the hot seat. A BCS Bowl win would pretty much shut them up.
In 2010 they get the bid, and they get the win too.
2. Georgia will Win At Least 11 Games
In 2001 and 2006, Mark Richt lost four games, and up until this season, they were the worst records that any Bulldog team had posted under Coach Richt.
However, if Mark Richt's track record is any indication, 2010 will be a year to remember.
In 2002 and 2007, the Georgia Bulldogs were national title contenders. Many would argue that the Bulldogs were the best team in the country those two seasons, but they never got the chance to prove it.
So why is it so easy to say that Georgia will win eleven or more games this year? Because when Mark Richt has a down year, he gets his stuff together, he gets his team ready, and he gets the most out of his talented teams.
1. AJ Green will Stay for His Senior Season
As I sit here making this prediction, even I myself have a hard time believing it. Why would AJ Green, a top ten draft pick, give up the big bucks to stay in college?
Not for very many reasons, but if things play out how I predict, AJ Green will be wearing red and black in 2011.
Easily one of the best receivers to ever play Between the Hedges, AJ Green enters the 2010 season with high hopes.
This season, AJ Green has the potential to be "Mr. Everything" for the Bulldogs. Green may return punts and kickoffs. Green may run the Wild Dawg formation. Green will make spectacular catches and score touchdowns.
In the minds of Bulldog Nation, and those that are informed about college football, AJ Green is the favorite to win the Biletnikoff Award. He is also a Heisman candidate.
But what if things don't go as planned in 2010?
What if Julio Jones beats Green out for the Biletnikoff?
What if AJ comes a few votes shy of Heisman glory?
What if the Bulldogs have a chance to win it all in 2011?
If all of this goes down, I predict that AJ Green will come back to Athens for a chance at college football immortality. The thought of leaving Athens with a Heisman and a National Championship is too much to pass up, and AJ wants to help the Dawgs "Finish the Drill".
VERY bold, I know, but what if?