Not much better than the top five matchup in the first week.
On Saturday, at the Duke Mayo Classic at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, No. 3 Clemson and No. 5 Georgia met.
The game time is set at 7:30 pm Eastern Time, and the game will be broadcast on ABC TV. This is a big matchup with a huge impact on college football playoffs.
Clemson hopes to start CFP again in the right direction under the leadership of Dabo Swinney. The Tigers have a new quarterback, DJ Uiagalelei, who made two starts when Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 last season. The Tigers also benefited from the return of receiver Justin Rose, and the defense should be improved by the SN preseason national defensive tackle Bryan Bresee.
Under Kirby Smart’s leadership, Georgia is also full of talent. JT Daniels took over the offense in the second half of last season, and senior defensive tackle Jordan Davis was the main frontcourt in another strong defensive game. The Bulldogs are still working hard to break the national championship drought that dates back to 1980. This is the latest prime time game to prove itself.
Here is all the information about betting on the Duke Mayo Classic:
Clemson v Georgia odds
- Spread: Clemson-3.5
- Greater than/less than: 51.5
- Moneyline: Clemson -176, Georgia +142
Three trends to understand
—Since Smart took over in 2016, Georgia’s ATS record is 6-4, which is at a disadvantage, but the Bulldogs’ record in these games is 3-7 S/U.
— Georgia’s record against the top 10 teams under Smart is 9-5 S/U, but the record with the top five drops to 2-4 S/U. The Bulldogs lost four consecutive games against the top five opponents.
— Since the beginning of the CFP era in 2014, the Tigers’ ATS in Swinney’s neutral match was 13-4, including an S/U record of 13-4. Clemson performed well on this stage.
Three things to pay attention to
— DJ and JT. Uiagalelei and Daniels are two of the top five Heisman favorites entering this season, and this alone makes this the first important quarterback matchup of the season.
Uiagalelei showed great strength in the games against Boston College and University of Notre Dame last season. As a starter, he had 781 yard passes, 4 TDs and no interceptions, but Clemson lost that game in South Bend. This is another opportunity for the top five. Uiagalelei will pass the ball with a talented catching trio including Rose, Frank Radson Jr. and Joseph Ngata.
When Daniels started for the Bulldogs last season, he averaged 10.3 yards per game, and he played well with offensive coordinator Tod Munken. Georgia once again remained stable at the quarterback position and did allow 13.5 yards per catch last season.
— Georgian receiver. George Pickens is expected to be absent for most of the season, and Louisiana State University transfer Arik Gilbert is dealing with personal issues. The Bulldogs will have a strong running game, but who will strengthen the catcher?
Adonai Mitchell, Arian Smith, and Kearis Jackson are the problematic targets, and Jackson is the most experienced of this group. He has 514 receiving yards and 3 TDs in 2020.
If this game turns into a shootout, despite the overall lack of experience, will Georgia’s receivers be stable enough?
— Clemson defended. The Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables should treat this as a statement game. In the 2019 CFP Championship loss to LSU and last year’s CFP semifinal loss to Ohio State, Clemson gave in an average of 633.5 yards and 45.5 points. Bresee and Myles Murphy are two talented sophomores who are expected to take the next step on the defensive line, and the return of linebacker James Skalski is huge. Nolan Turner (Nolan Turner) also made a comeback in middle school.
This unit has something to prove again. This is a big opportunity.
This is the first five games between the two teams. Which teams let the running competition continue?
Georgia allowed only 2.4 yards per attempt last season, and Clemson has a new backcourt led by Lyn-J Dixon. Will offensive coordinator Tony Elliott trade with five-star freshman running back Will Shipley?
Last season, the Tigers allowed only 3.1 yards per pass. Can Zamil White and James Cook get a consistent number of yards in the game against Daniels?
Running competition will be an important factor in the first half.
Clemson vs. Georgia Prediction
These teams played two series in the 2013-14 season. Clemson won the thriller in 2013 with a score of 38-35, but the Bulldogs won the favor with a score of 45-21 in the following season.
The quarterback matchup is tempting, and it will undoubtedly feel like a college football playoff semi-final. Which offensive line can be blocked? Both teams allowed only 20 sacks last season, if protection can prevent Uiagalelei and Daniels from playing.
We think they will, but the Tigers rely on the experience of this kind of big game. Uiagalelei led the late TD drive, while Bulldogs was far from satisfactory on the big stage.
Final results: Clemson 35, Georgia 31