The Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers are both starting off the season in the preseason Top 10, but will could have their National Championship dreams dashed right away in Week 1 when they take each other at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
With tons of returners on both sides, especially at the vital positions, this is poised to be the best game on the Week 1 docket in college football betting.
The oddsmakers have had a tough time separating these foes, as Georgia is only getting the slight (-1) nod on the college football odds. The total chimes in at a lofty 71.
GEORGIA – CLEMSON WEEK 1 BETTING LINE:
OPEN: GEORGIA -1 | CURRENT: GEORGIA -2 | O/U: 71
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1. Why Georgia will cover the spread: The Dawgs were a play away from being in the National Championship Game last year, and they have a lot of those big time players back for this year’s squad. QB Aaron Murray is going to break virtually every passing record in the UGA books this year, and he is surely a Heisman Trophy contender.
The Bulldogs though, will cover this one if they keep the ball moving on the ground with RB Todd Gurley, who came on strong at the end of last season as the bull of the offense.
2. Why Clemson will cover the spread: Clemson really only has one trick up its sleeve this year, but that trick is a tremendous one. QB Tajh Boyd might be the best college quarterback in the country, and after accounting for over 500 rushing yards and nearly 4,000 passing yards in his sophomore season, he is going to be asked to do a ton. Boyd almost single-handedly beat the LSU Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl last season against all odds, and he has to be on point once again in this one.
Clemson’s defense allowed 99 points over the course of its last three games of the year, and if there are 33 points allowed in this one, the Tigers are dead.
3. Total Talk: Not surprisingly, SEC teams have been able to slow down Boyd and the Tigers of late. The ‘under’ is 4-0 in Clemson’s last four games against SEC opponents, including the games last year against LSU and its rivals, the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Bulldogs finished out the year with ‘under’ games in six of their last eight, largely thanks to the fact that Gurley became a force in the backfield and gave a young defense some rest on the sidelines.
4. Betting Trends for the game: Both of these teams finished out last year on fire from an ATS standpoint. Clemson went 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games overall, while Georgia was 6-1 ATS in its last seven. Georgia though, has been dominating against ACC teams, going 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13, most of which have come against Georgia Tech.
The last time these two met was in 2003, and dating back to the 1991 season, the Bulldogs are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS.
Georgia 31 – Clemson 27