Georgia Bulldogs vs. Clemson Tigers Pick
Date/Time: August 31, 2013 8:00 pm EST
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College Football Betting Favorite: Georgia -1.5
If you are only going to watch one game this weekend, then this should probably be it. Georgia and Clemson will square off at Clemson on Saturday night. If you don’t know about Clemson and their home crowd, you’ll find out just how rowdy this place gets this weekend. The Tigers are going to have a massive home crowd advantage. Will it be enough against a beast from the SEC?
Georgia was just a play away from being in the BCS Championship game last year. The Bulldogs played a great game against Alabama in the SEC title game last year, but fell just short. Georgia returns 9 starters on the offensive side this year, but only three on the defensive side of the ball. The fact that Aaron Murray came back for his senior season really gave this Georgia team a big boost heading into the season. Murray is a polished passer who the NFL scouts really like. I expect him to have a great senior season.
Georgia has an offensive line that should be one of the best in the country, and the two guys running behind it make up what I believe is the best tailback tandem in the country. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall were absolutely amazing as freshmen last year, and I expect some very special things from them this year. Defensively, Georgia is going to struggle some this season. The Bulldogs are likely to have to outscore some opponents, and Clemson will likely be one of them. Every unit on the Bulldogs defense is less experienced and down a notch from a year ago.
Clemson went 11-2 last year, and Dabo Swinney’s team got some amazing news in the offseason when Tajh Boyd decided to come back for his senior season. That wasn’t expected by most people, but Boyd is absolutely one of the most dynamic players in the country. Boyd put up 36 touchdowns and 3,896 yards passing in 2012. He does lose DeAndre Hopkins on the outside, but Sammy Watkins is back and he is one of the nation’s best play makers. Watkins is the type of guy that can take it to the house at any time. The offensive line returns 9 of their top 10 on the depth chart, and they should be very good. The loss of Ellington at running back hurts, but this offense is still excellent.
The Clemson defense improved by leaps and bounds in 2012. Remember the defense that allowed 70 points against West Virginia in the Orange Bowl two years ago? This isn’t the same defense. In 2012, they allowed just 24.8 points per game. The front seven on defense is very good, and I expect them to be even better against the run this season. The secondary is less experienced this year, and they might get beaten by some of the best passing attacks in the country, which definitely includes Georgia.
Free Football Pick: Over 71.5
Both of these teams can put up points in a hurry. I expect both of them to finish in the top ten in the nation in points per game this year. It’s a high number, but I like this one to go over the total.