NCAAF Preview: Clemson Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs

One of the favorite games of the first week in college football features the Clemson Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs. Both of these teams come from power conferences, and both are looking at getting to the top of the mountain this season. Also, both teams are coming into the season with several question marks, after losing a bunch from a season ago. This is one of the better opening games between two rivals from the Southern region of the country. This game is slated to take place Saturday at 5:30pm EST on the University of Georgia.

The Bulldogs will certainly Aaron Murray in 2014. He and Todd Gurley two teamed up for one of the top offenses in all of the country a season ago. Murray threw for 3,000 yards while Gurley rushed for a team high 10 touchdowns. New to the club will be quarterback/receiver duo Hutson Mason and Michael Bennett. Along with Bennett will be receiver Chris Conley and Reggie Davis. Bennett and Conley led the team in touchdowns a season ago. Mark Richt is coming off a 8-5 season where they won 5 of 8 games in the SEC. The Bulldogs defensively will feature a 3-4 formation and highlight Damian Swann and Amarlo Herrera. Georgia has a brutal opening schedule, as they play a conference game at South Carolina following this game.

For Clemson, the Tigers will miss Sammy Watkins. Watkins was the top wide receiving chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft. Watkins caught 85 passes; 10 for touchdowns for a team that lost just two games a season ago. The Tigers are mixed in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Florida State. Clemson and the Seminoles will get together on September 20th in Tallahassee. Incoming for Clemson will be Cole Stoudt at quarterback and the top receiving spot should go to Mike Williams, a sophomore. The Tigers defense features three studs up front in Tavaris Bennett, Grady Jarrett and Josh Watson. Look for Clemson to get after the Georgia quarterback, especially knowing he is new to starting games. The Tigers allowed 51 points to Florida State and 31 to South Carolina a season ago. The defense imprvoed in the Orange Bowl; a little, as they were able to hold them enough to beat Ohio State

We are a little surprised by the spread in this one. From all accounts, these two teams are both going to be good, and both are looking to start out hot. In the end though, we think Clemson has a little more speed in the skill positions, but Georgia’s toughness and strength will be the final factor. While Clemson will stick around for awhile, the Bulldogs will pull away late in the game. Look for the spread to come into play late in this game when Georgia scores a touchdown to put it out of reach. We are going to bet the Georgia Bulldogs -7.5, but would be no bit surprised if this was a close, competitive football game. Georgia -7.5 is our bet.

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