On Friday August 30, the Georgia and Clemson line was at 2.5 points. The spread is leaning towards Clemson because they are at home in “Death Valley.” This should be the game of the week and has the chance to become one of the best games of the year. Both teams have high powered offenses returning to a field that may turn into a shootout before it’s all said and done.
Aaron Murray and Tajh Boyd both had impressive stats last season, but Clemson’s offense was slightly better throughout the whole year. Each team has weapons all over the field, and these weapons are versatile chess pieces. Murray is looking for unfinished business after coming up just short in the SEC title game.
Expect Sammy Watkins to lineup up at various spots on the field. They’ll have a package where he can take snaps, or lineup at tailback. Clemson’s idea for Saturday night is to provide a large dose of Watkins to entertain the Georgia defense.
How is Clemson going to stop Georgia’s running game? For one, they’ll need to control the line of scrimmage and disrupt the Bulldogs’ backfield. Todd Gurley is a candidate to approach 2000 yards this season. That’s even with Keith Marshall continuing to be a major factor. It looks like Georgia may have them sharing the backfield at the same time.
With Georgia turning over a new leaf defensively, they’ll have to get the new guys acclimated quickly against Clemson.
Whichever team is in better physical condition by the third quarter should win the game. In the first two days of the season, multiple teams have had players succumb to leg cramps.
The Verdict: This might be one of the times that the SEC will lose this weekend. It will be a very offensive game with major yards coming on chunk plays. For some reason it’s Clemson’s time and they’ll make enough plays to eek out the victory.