The Georgia Bulldogs are set to open the 2014 season on Saturday when they host the Clemson Tigers at Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN at 5:30pm ET.
Georgia has played Clemson 63 times in their history, winning 41 of those contests against 18 losses and 4 ties.
The Bulldogs finished the 2013 season 8-5 overall (5-3 SEC), but lost to Nebraska 24-19 in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. Clemson finished the season 11-2 and beat Ohio State 40-35 in the Discover Orange Bowl.
Georgia returns most of their offense from 2013, except record-setting quarterback Aaron Murray. In his place will be senior Hutson Mason, who is 1-1 as a starter after filling in for the injured Murray late last season.
Mason and the Bulldogs will likely lean on the running game, which features Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, and Brendan Douglas, along with super freshmen Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Clemson has a much ballyhooed defensive front, but Georgia should be able to move the ball against the Tigers as they did last season. The real question will be on the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the secondary.
New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is tasked with fixing the communication of the defense and their tackling form, both sores spots in 2013.
If the defense can gel and make the necessary stops, the Dawgs could head into Columbia on Sept. 13 with a chance to take a big lead in the SEC East.
Clemson at Georgia
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, 5:30pm ET
- TV: ESPN (HD)
- Broadcast: Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), and Holly Rowe (reporter).
Inside the numbers
- Georgia is 41-18-4 against Clemson.
- Georgia had won 5 straight over Clemson until their 38-35 loss at Death Valley in 2013.
- Mark Richt is 2-1 against Clemson.
- Georgia is 10-3 in season-openers under Richt.
- Georgia’s all-time record in season-openers is 90-27-3.