Let me tell you why I think this is like the 2008 Alabama game was for us: In 2008, our team’s quotes sounded like we had already gotten *there*, we felt like we had earned the right to be where we were by the virtue of beating a team that wasn’t ready for us in the Sugar Bowl the year before. On top of that, we hadn’t been smacked in the mouth leading up to that game. We were convinced that our offensive weapons were good enough to over come any defense (as an aside, our 2008 offense was better, on the whole, than Clemson’s is right now). We were foolishly convinced that a retooled defense could handle whatever was thrown our way.And we felt like we had the coaching thing down because all of this.Y’all, we might go in there and just suck. I’m not discounting that as a possibility. However, it is more likely that we’ll go in there, use our multiple looks, tools, and tempo to keep Clemson’s defense off balance, using the passing game to keep the front soft, and our ability to run and keep the ball on the field of play to eat up big chunks of clock. We’ll also give up some big plays. However, in the end, I think Clemson is not approaching this game like it can lose. It is approaching it like they’ve got to show up and they’ll win.
Georgia (-1.5) at Clemson:This game is going to be a shootout because neither defense is equipped to handle the other’s offense. And while both quarterbacks are elite, I like Georgia’s Aaron Murray because of his big-game SEC experience.
Clemson (+1.5) over Georgia 34-32This one will be entertaining and a bit high scoring, but it won’t be a shootout in the 80s for total points like you might have heard in a few places. In Athens or a neutral site I’m taking Georgia, but in The Other Death Valley, I’m going Clemson.
The game of the week. Will it live up to the hype? We have two fantastic offenses against two defenses that both have a lot of question-marks. Can Clemson stop Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell and this offense? Can Georgia stop Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd? Can Georgia reverse their recent trend of stinking up the joint at the beginning of the season? Call me a homer but I like Georgia in this one. Clemson has to replace their best receiver, yes Sammy Watkins wasn’t their best receiver last year, and their RB. The key for Georgia will be establishing the running game and then allowing Murray to utilize play-action as well as containing Tajh Boyd. I don’t think Georgia rolls, but I think they do a good enough job to win although one mistake late by either team could be the deciding factor in this game.
Keith Jackson grew up on a cotton farm in Roopville, Georgia. He has never worn a dress shirt that was too tight, gel in his hair, short pants in public, flip flops, butt-less chaps, or anything else that today’s namby pamby sissy boys like to wear. Keith Jackson is the once and forever voice of college football. Keith invented almost every slang term that we use in football today. Here is a definitive list of terms that Keith Jackson invented:
Hoss– a big player
Hoss and a half– a real big player
Big Uglies– big linemen
Big Ugly That Brings a Load When He Hits Ya’– D-lineman or line backer that is a hard hitter
The Trenches– the area between the O-line and D-line
Barn Burner– exciting high scoring game
Pin His Ears Back– a pure blitz
In The Hunt– a lesser team keeping a game close
Gully Washer– a series of unfortunate events for one team
Canter– what a player does when he is unimpeded to the endzone
Laid a Lick– a big hit
Slobber Knocker– a hard hitting defensive struggle
Hawg Mollies– an offensive line that is full of oversized players
The Grocery Getters Up Front– O-linemen
Scatback– a quick versatile running back who is undersized
Georgia was great at making the spectacular play a season ago, be it an amazing sack by Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree getting a hand on a football that a linebacker had no business getting to in coverage, or an amazing interception from Bacarri Rambo and Sanders Commings.Meanwhile, the ordinary things—like holding the edge, checking for the run before dropping into pass coverage, and not over-running the quarterback—escaped the Bulldogs.
In 2013, this defense has a chance to transform from a highlight-reel squad that lacked attention to detail to a unit that does all of the little things.
Against Clemson, a team boasting one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s is going to be a must.
This season for Georgia is about doing the little things right to get better against the run. The Dawgs must form a defense where the parts create a greater whole. The run-pass duality of the Clemson offense is going to test the Dawgs’ defense.
Rules are job one. If this unit walks into Death Valley guessing and freelancing, it will be in for a long night.
Gurley continued working during the off season by packing on 40-pounds to his already menacing 6’1 frame and tips the scales at 232-pounds. Last year, he stood at a sturdy 195. With the extra weight, look for Gurley to become even more relevant in assisting senior quarterback Aaron Murray with his already unstoppable running game. Going into the fall, Gurley and fellow teammate Keith Marshall claimed to be concentrating on their route running out of the backfield.Although fans and analysts are still trying to crack the code on the sometimes shy star, one thing is for sure, his personality certainly comes alive when he puts that number three on his back.
Now, I’m not ready to say all is well, especially with all the new personnel on defense, that there is any correlation between what we say last year and what we’ll see this year. However, there is one offensive team we faced last season that looks a lot like Clemson and that is Nebraska. And Clemson is re-tooling this year. They lost over half their offensive production to graduation. Yes, Boyd and Watkins are quite the dynamic duo, but they are playing with a blocking TE (which isn’t what their offense calls for), a new starting RB, and new WRs to go with Watkins.
Our defense isn’t the only green unit on the field.One last minor concern: I hope Grantham spent the whole pre-season working on getting plays in quickly, because Clemson is going to push the pace. Not only will they go no huddle, they’ll also run back from plays, call a series of plays, and try to keep us from making defensive substitutions. We’ll need to be able to do that some to leverage all these new bodies we have.
Quarterbacks: Even. Boyd may be scarier on film but don’t forget how well Murray played down the stretch including 5 TDs against Nebraska.Defense: Slight edge to Georgia. The Dawgs are replacing a ton but so is Clemson. Clemson is replacing 3 out of the 4 in their secondary as well. In the end, I trust our new players more than theirs.
Offense: Georgia. Boyd and Watkins are good but the Dawgs have a more complete receiving corp and the best RB duo in America.
Special Teams: Clemson. Morgan likely out and the Dawgs still don’t have a reliable returner.
Intangibles: Slight edge to Clemson. Death Valley at night with a young Georgia defense. But it’s better to have a young defense than a young offense in terms of playing on the road. Remember though, Clemson is still Clemson.
Since 2006, the SEC has posted the highest nonconference winning percentage (regular season and bowls) of any conference. The league has a 333-74 record, an 81.8 winning percentage. The SEC has won no fewer than 43 nonconference games (regular season and bowls) during the last seven seasons (2006-2012). Last season, the SEC was 54-11 (.831), the highest percentage among FBS conferences.
Nine of the 14 SEC teams have at least one win against a nonconference top-25 team in the last six years with LSU (8), Georgia (8), Alabama (7), Florida (5), South Carolina (6) Auburn (3) and Texas A&M (1) leading the way.
Our first targeting call of the year at the Superdome, #Tulane's Doss called for hammering the quarterback and is ejected. Absurd rule.
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Bulldawg Illustrated's Countdown to Kickoff Fan Festival is a day for fans of all ages to get up close and personal with their favorite Dawgs.
Where: Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga (2014 Pics HERE, HERE and HERE) When: Saturday, July 11th 12:00pm - 3:00pm Cost: Individual Tickets are $25 each - Family Packages are $75 each and include 4 tickets and refreshments at the event