Athlon Prediction of Clemson-Georgia


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According to Athlon Sports, 3 out of 4 of their main writers have picked Georgia over Clemson.

It’s only Week 1, but the Georgia-Clemson matchup should factor prominently into the national title picture. Georgia has one of the toughest two-game stretches of any FBS team to start the year, so the Bulldogs can’t afford to get off to a slow start. Clemson should be favored in all of its ACC games in 2013, with its two matchups against SEC opponents – Georgia and South Carolina – the toughest ones on the schedule. There should be plenty of fireworks on Saturday night in Death Valley, as both teams averaged over 35 points a game last year. Clemson will miss running back Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
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#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC

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and receiver DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
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#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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, but quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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and receiver Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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is still one of the best duos in the nation. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray needs five touchdown passes to reach 100 in his career, and the senior has the best backfield in the nation at his disposal with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. There’s no question both teams should score plenty of points. But which can make stops on defense? Georgia is returns only three starters on defense and has been dealing with a few injuries in its secondary this fall. Clemson is in better shape in terms of returning personnel on defense, but the Tigers’ secondary is also an issue. And that's a big concern against Murray and the Bulldogs’ receiving corps.

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