ESPN College GameDay will roll into Clemson for the premier matchup in Week 1 of College Football, as No. 5 Georgia visits the eighth-ranked Tigers in a battle of senior quarterbacks.
Georgia opened a slight 1-point favorite over the Tigers, and has seen some movement, with the number creeping to 2, and back down to 1.5 at most places, with the total a consensus 72. [ Matchup Stats ]
Georgia's Aaron Murray is one of 10 offensive starters back for the Bulldogs, and might be this year's quarterback-darling out of the Southeastern Conference. He opens his final season with 10,901 passing yards and 95 touchdowns.
Clemson's Tajh Boyd isn't far behind, with 8,818 overall yards and 89 offensive touchdowns.
The biggest question for the Bulldogs might be how their defense stops Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins, who's tallied 1,927 receiving yards and 16 combined offensive touchdowns in two seasons. He and Boyd are the deadly combination that might prove fatal to Georgia's national championship dreams (they are currently a 14/1 bet to win it all).
The Dawgs have an athletic defensive backfield, which might feature as many as six athletes in action for this game. Where the Tigers might find an edge is on their offensive line, with four starters back to protect Boyd.
Both defensive units are on the hot seat, as they'll be expected to make key stops against very good offensive attacks. Georgia returns only four starters to a defense that ranked 32nd overall last season, while the Tigers welcome back six starters to their stop unit, which ranked 63rd overall in 2012.
The Bulldogs - who have won 14 of their past 16 lid-lifters, including 10-2 under coach Mark Richt - come into this one riding ATS win streaks of 6-1 overall and 10-3 against Atlantic Coast Conference foes.
Clemson, meanwhile, has lost five straight to the Bulldogs for those who bet on football and rolls into the 2013 season after covering eight of its last 10 last season and losing five of its last seven to the books in non-conference play.