It should be an exciting game between two very explosive teams, but Bulldog fans are hopeful the Georgia offense will have enough firepower to come away with a win on the road.
If UGA gets the victory, I believe it will come down to success in the following three areas:
Both teams will experience butterflies in the first quarter and there will be an incredible amount of energy from the fans at kickoff. This will be an opportunity for Aaron Murray and his experienced offensive line to take leadership in the moment and help keep the team poised and under control. The Clemson crowd will be looking for any opportunity to seize momentum and UGA must avoid making any critical mistakes in the game's first few minutes.
I was in the student section in 2005 when Tony Taylor picked off Jared Zabransky's first pass of the season in Georgia's season-opener against Boise State. The Dawgs immediately grabbed all the momentum and Zabransky fell apart.
Aaron Murray needs to make sure the same type of thing doesn't happen against the Tigers.
Much is being made about UGA's inexperienced secondary and the injury issues they're now facing. Aside from Damian Swann, the Dawgs have question marks at every other position in the secondary. There is certainly talent in the defensive backfield, but it remains to be seen whether or not they're ready for Tajh Boyd and his collection of explosive receivers.
If Boyd is given plenty of time in the pocket to survey the field and watch his receivers get open, the UGA secondary doesn't stand much of a chance. When he's given time, not many secondaries in college football can slow down Tajh Boyd.
The key for Todd Grantham and his defense will be to get pressure on Boyd and force him into making quick decisions. Boyd showed last season in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU that he's capable of making plays on the run and improvising, but he's also been prone to turnovers in the past when he's out of the pocket.
The Dawgs will be young in the secondary, but they do boast a number of athletic edge rushers who can get to the quarterback. Guys like Jordan Jenkins and Garrison Smith will need to get heat on Boyd to help take some of the pressure off those underclassmen in the defensive backfield.
This is where Georgia really has an opportunity to assert its will and control the tempo of the game. If the Dawgs can establish a power running game, sustain long drives, and dominate the time of possession, it will wear down the Clemson defense while UGA's defense can stay fresh.
The running game is also an area where UGA should be able to capitalize on one of its strengths against one of Clemson's weaknesses. Georgia's offensive line is one of the most talented and experienced in the country while the Tigers aren't projected to be particularly strong in their front seven.
Add in the fact that Mike Bobo has arguably the best running back tandem in college football and it's easy to see the Dawgs using a gameplan that could feature a heavy dose of running plays.