We won’t have to wait long to get a feel for how the 2013 college football season might play out. On the opening weekend (August 31) of the season, the Georgia Bulldogs will head to Death Valley to take on the Clemson Tigers. Both teams have been on the cusp of reaching the pinnacle in recent years, only to have a minor slip up that cost them that chance. Expectations will be high for both teams as they are coming off very impressive seasons.
Another similarity between the two is they both return star-studded offenses, headlined by marquee quarterbacks. Georgia will be led by senior Aaron Murray who turned down a chance to head to the NFL to return to Athens. Clemson meanwhile will have a senior of their own in All-ACC first teamer Tahj Boyd. They’ll be surrounded by playmakers like Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley and Sammy Watkins, but the focus will be on the signal callers. The winner of this battle could also vault himself into the early lead for the Heisman Trophy.
Both teams would like to set the tone for their conferences in this prime time Saturday night match-up. Clemson in particular could make a statement for the ACC, something that other teams have failed to do in recent years. Florida State was swept in a recent home and home series with Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech lost a highly-anticipated season opener against Boise State in 2010. Georgia meanwhile would like to continue to show the dominance of the SEC, the same conference that has won the last seven national championships. Conference supremacy will be on the line and the atmosphere will be electric.
Can the ACC finally win a high-profile head to head match-up against the SEC? We’ll know the answer on the first weekend.
B.L. Lippert writes college football articles for Rant Sports, you can follow him on Twitter @coachlip