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Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

NCAAF2014-08-31

The Clemson Tigers have been in the title mix over the past couple seasons, but with Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins moving on the offense will be in rebuild mode with only 5 returning starters on this side of the ball. Dabo Swinney has done a great job keeping Clemson towards the top of the ACC during his tenure and his squad will look to the defense to carry the team early on in the season. Clemson's defense flew under the radar last season since the offense was so dominant, but this year the Tigers figure to have one of the best front seven's in the ACC.

Georgia is coming off a disappointing campaign and their season got off on the wrong foot losing to Clemson right out of the gate in 2013. The Bulldogs get this contest at home, but they also have to replace their starting QB Aaron Murray. Veteran Hutson Mason will take the lead under center and his acclimation will be aided by RB Todd Gurley who is arguably the best back in the nation. The Bulldogs were young and inexperienced on defense last season, but with 10 returning starters this unit will be relied upon more heavily in 2014.

These defenses might be ahead of the offenses of these squads early on in the season and that should make the under a potentially solid bet. I think Clemson's front will get enough pressure on Mason to make things difficult for the new Georgia starter and that will keep the Tigers locked into a tight contest. I like Clemson with the points as the best bet in this highly anticipated rematch.

Clemson   +8.5   -110   1 units