My Dawg cousin complains about that same thing, the early season WTH game. And we do pretty well at home. We've been used to the Big 12 season though, which frontloads the non-con schedule, so we're used to our cupcakes in September - not a team like Georgia. There will be a lot of excitement around our first SEC game, and there's some buzz locally that GameDay could be there. Should be a great game - 2 good offenses battling!
I agree about Franklin's passing ability, but it improved through the 2011 season, and he still threw for 231 yards/game, as well as rushing for 75 yds/game. He should be better in 2012.
As far as Josey, I'm not sure they've even repaired the ACL yet, waiting for the patellar tendon to heal. I don't think there's any way he's back until 2013. He was just a sophomore though, so we should still have him for 2 more years.