Nov 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates a touchdown in the first half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

UGA included in SI.com crystal ball projections for national champs, Heisman

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Projections, predictions, and prognostications. They are the order of the day in the college football preseason, and not just for UGA.

The writers over at SI.com have been gazing into their own crystal ball, and have made a number of predictions for this year’s season.

Among those predictions, the SI.com soothsayers have included a few about Georgia – some good, some not so much.

When asked who would be the first to drop out of the Heisman Trophy race, SI web producer Colin Becht chose Georgia running back, Todd Gurley.

Here was his reasoning:

There’s a reason only one running back has won the Heisman in the last 13 years, and it’s the same reason Gurley won’t be able to keep up with the quarterbacks this fall. Either Georgia uses him as a workhorse, which puts him at risk of injury, or he’s featured among a Bulldogs’ committee and doesn’t produce enough individually.

Not an entirely unreasonable thought process, although many would probably agree that Gurley possesses skills that are once in a generation, and that if he remains healthy, the award is his to lose.

However, none of the seven writers on this panel chose Gurley as their Heisman winner.

Georgia was also mentioned in a more positive light, and one that only a few are even whispering.

Can you hear it? Shhhh….national champions.

That’s right. SI.com’s Gabriel Baumgaertner thinks that Georgia will come out on top as the national champs this season.

Picking a team without a proven quarterback to win a national title is, well, crazy. But Hutson Mason has two of the nation’s best running backs (Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall), three stud receivers and a defense with eight returning starters, including a truly fearsome linebacker in Leonard Floyd. Crazy? Sure. But it’s time for Mark Richt to catch his break.

Isn’t that pretty much what all of us here at Dawn of the Dawg have been saying all along?

Well, if Georgia does bring home that new trophy, we — along with Mr. Baumgaertner — can give a big fat I told ya so to the rest of the college football talking heads.

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