The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked fifth heading into the 2013 college football season, but at least one AP voter thought enough to cast them a No. 1 vote. However, The State reported on Aug. 30 that the 8th ranked Clemson Tigers have the players to knock off the high ranked Bulldogs.
The main battle in that game will see Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray as they battle it out through the air in a game that might see a very high score by the end. One look at the over-under, which is set at 71, and the point spread, which is 2.5 in favor of Georgia, shows how big this game should be.
Looking at those numbers, the prediction for the Georgia vs. Clemson game is 37-34 in favor of Georgia. Honestly, it could go either way.
Both teams have big play offenses, two of the best in all of college football. In 2012, Georgia ranked first or was tied for first in touchdowns of more than 20 yards, 30 yards and 50 yards. They also led the nation with 7.09 yards per carry. Clemson ranked first in the nation in completions of 25 yards or more and touchdown passes over 25 yards. Boyd threw 11.2 percent of his passes for gains of more than 25 yards.
Aaron Murray is pretty much the best quarterback in the country, as evident by the SEC voting him as a first team SEC player over Johnny Manziel. This season, he will get one more chance to prove himself with games against Clemson, South Carolina and LSU. However, he is 3-11 against ranked teams, which looks tough against Clemson. This is his year to quiet his skeptics.
The true determination of who wins this game is on defense. Whichever team forces the turnovers and makes the key stops will win, and honestly Clemson ranked 57th in the NCAA against the run in 2012, so if Georgia can start pounding the Clemson defense with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, both of whom averaged over six yards a carry in 2012, they can control the clock and win this one close.
The Georgia Bulldogs vs. Clemson Tigers game kicks off at 8 p.m. EST.