Clemson-Georgia Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014
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No. 16 Clemson (0-0) vs No. 12 Georgia (0-0), 5:36 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Georgia by 7 1-2.

Series Record: Georgia leads 41-18-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

A chance to make an early statement in the national race. While college football's first four-team playoff is far down the road, this is an attractive nonconference matchup that would likely score points with the selection committee.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson QB Cole Stoudt vs. the Georgia secondary. Stoudt has some huge shoes to fill taking over for Tajh Boyd, who directed the Tigers' high-powered offense the last three years. Plus, he's got a highly touted freshman, Deshaun Watson, pushing for playing time. Watson is expected to get some snaps in the opener. Whoever is at quarterback will likely try to take advantage of the Bulldogs' questionable pass defense. Cornerback Damian Swann is the only returning starter in the secondary, which could have two freshmen among the starters.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Clemson: DE Vic Beasley led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 13 sacks last season and heads a front seven that appears to be Clemson's strength.

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