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Georgia vs Clemson College Football Preview

Clemson v Georgia college football

The 16th ranked Clemson Tigers travel to take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Clemson had an excellent season last year that started with a 38-35 win over this same Georgia team. Clemson was able to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Discover Orange Bowl. So the Tigers will be full of confidence heading in to the 2014 season. But Clemson lost two of its best players to the NFL last year, and Georgia will be looking to capitalize and get revenge on the Tigers. Last year the Bulldogs went 8-4 in the regular season before losing their bowl game to Nebraska 24-19. If the Bulldogs can stay healthy this year then many critics have picked them to be one of the four teams in the playoff at the end of the season.

Keys for the Clemson Tigers

  • Tahj Boyd and Sammy Watkins will be tough players to replace and head coach Dabo Swinney will need to do some excellent recruiting if he wants to keep the Tigers in the spotlight.
  • Running back Zach Brooks will have to step up this year and take over much of the rushing responsibilities. Last year he only had 74 carries for 365 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Clemson will have a young team in for this Georgia game, this game is a true test for the Tigers to see how they will fare the rest of the season.

Keys for the Georgia Bulldogs:

  • Many people associated with NCAA football have suggested that Georgia could be the dark horse that makes it into the four-team playoff for the national title. Coach Mark Richt will need to manage those expectations among his players and keep them calm throughout the year.
  • The Aaron Murray era is over for the Bulldogs, but Todd Gurley returns for his junior year with high expectations. Gurley was a having an excellent year for the Bulldogs last year before his injury. This year Gurley will have to stay healthy if they stand any chance. Gurley already has 27 career touchdowns in two years with Georgia, a number he looks to increase.

-Injuries

  • Clemson

o   RB Zac Brooks

o   QB Cole Stoudt

–Favorite/Odds: Georgia by 7.5 points

This might be the most exciting matchup for week one in the NCAA. Clemson is out to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke, and that they are capable of much more in the coming years. Georgia is trying to prove that they are worthy of winning a national title this year. Its hard to have those kind of expectations for the entire year, but Georgia will just have to take care of business.

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