ESPN looking for all-time best GameDay crowd at Clemson

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GameDay setup on Bowman Field on Friday afternoon.

CLEMSON – The Clemson media met with the GameDay crew Friday morning in Clemson, within hearing distance of the sounds of the finishing touches being put on the stage as the crew prepares for Saturday, and lead producer Lee Fitting says he is expecting a great crowd.

“If this isn’t the all-time, best GameDay crowd, I will be disappointed,” Fitting said. “The buzz leading up to this game has been off the charts. We haven’t been doing on-campus Game Day the first week of the season since 2007 because we have been doing neutral site games. This is going to be insane - the Clemson faithful, school is in session, the Georgia Bulldogs from not too far down the road – it is just going to be unbelievable.”

We also spoke with Lee Corso and David Pollack, who talked about the atmosphere at Clemson and the game itself.

Lee Corso

Atmosphere at Clemson

“It’s as good as anywhere. I remember we were here a couple of years ago, and that crowd was as good as anywhere we have. It is one of the best places for a college atmosphere in the country. No question about it.”

On the game

“Clemson is a tremendous football team, and Georgia has a few problems defensively. So it should be a high-scoring football game. I think Clemson will score at least 36 points, so Georgia has to figure out a way to score 37.”

Could Clemson and FSU compete in the SEC

“Absolutely. Absolutely they could. North Carolina impressed me last night. A lot of things happened with them last night, and they could have thrown in the towel, but they didn’t. But yeah, those top teams in the ACC could compete with the top teams in the SEC. It’s the lower tier. But Clemson is playing their third straight game against an SEC team. “

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“He is a tremendous quarterback. He throws the ball straight, and I think he is a tremendous pro prospect. He can throw the ball and he can run. And his leadership – I saw him against FSU and they were down and he almost brought them back. He is a good quarterback. “

The difference between the two teams

“Georgia’s defense. I said last week on the show that I don’t think Georgia is a top ten team. I don’t think they deserve it. I think they are overrated in the preseason. The reason is defensively. They bring three defensive guys back and had over 900 yards against them in the last two games. They [Clemson] have a better defense all around and have one of the better placekickers in America. Close game, Clemson’s advantage comes with the close game.”

His impression of Clemson

“I see some really good looking athletes. I was really impressed with them last year when the played Florida St. I thought they were as good as FSU. They had good looking athletes that could hit and run and move the ball. I was impressed with the athletic ability of their entire program.”

David Pollack

His thoughts on Saturday

“I remember visiting as a high school player and coming to the games. I came to Clemson games as a young kid. I used to come up all the time. It is an ACC school with an SEC atmosphere. It is going to be crazy – Death Valley, at night, two top ten teams. I think it is going to be pretty nice.”

On if being a Georgia grad matters

“It doesn’t. I could care less. I am on scholarship with ESPN, not Georgia.”

Thoughts on Clemson

“I think that everything regarding Clemson’s arrow is pointing up.”


“The fans make the show. It’s all about the fans getting you pumped and jacked up, and it’s fun to come on the show and see them. “

The difference between this game and the games of the 80’s

“First of all, the days have changed since the 80’s anyway. It’s all about offense and scoring points and tempo. But this is good to have a rivalry like this. “

His prediction

“I don’t have a prediction yet, but I think it is a coin toss. You have four legitimate Heisman contenders, two on each offense. You have defensive inexperience. Both offensive lines have a ton of experience. But one prediction I can give you is that there will be a lot of points scored. Whoever is doing the scoreboard will get a finger workout. “

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