The Georgia Bulldogs come into the 2013 season with high expectations after losing in the SEC title game to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Head coach Mark Richt will be under pressure to lead this team to a national title in 2013 and they have a very good shot at doing so.
On the other side of the field, the Clemson Tigers will play the role of home team in this matchup between top-10 teams in week one. Dabo Swinney has put together one of the most exciting teams in all of college football and they have a more-than-likely shot at winning the ACC.
Georgia’s offense will be in good hands as Heisman candidate Aaron Murray will be taking this team into battle week after week. As the 22nd best total offense in 2012, the Bulldogs are returning eight starters and could be on of the best overall offenses in the nation in 2013. The wide receivers are the only question mark as both starters are new. Todd Gurley will lead the run game with his 1,300-plus yard season last year.
Clemson’s offense is electric. Plain and simple, they know how to score points and rack up the yards. Quarterback Tajh Boyd is one of the best at his position in the country and wide receiver Sammy Watkins could put up monster numbers like he did two seasons ago as a freshman. Averaging more than 500 yards and 41 points per game last season is no joke, even with just six returning starters.
Georgia’s defense lost some big pieces from last year’s stellar group. All-American Jarvis Jones and leading tackler Alec Ogletree will be largely missed due to their devastating presence at the linebacker positions. Clemson had a solid defense as well in 2012, but they are returning just six starters and are losing two of their top three tacklers from 2012.
Georgia will travel to Clemson to take on the Tigers in the best game of week one at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 31. The game will air on ABC.
PREDICTION: Georgia 37, Clemson 31
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