Few teams have enjoyed the success that Clemson and Georgia have in recent years. They're two of the best college football programs. Both teams are just factories for wins and NFL talent. That all starts with their recruiting.
Even their the two teams are virtually equal. Georgia had the 4th best recruiting class in the country, surprisingly their worst ranking since 2016. Meanwhile, Clemson has the 5th best recruiting class in the country.
It's rare to see two powerhouse programs play out of conference like this in the regular season. This game could make or break one of their season.
Clemson and Georgia is the closest game of Week 1 according to oddsmakers.
Clemson is the 3 point favorite. However, given Clemson's home field advantage, that means oddsmakers see this as essential even.
Still, Clemson is the slight favorite. They're given -145 odds, or an implied 59.2% chance to win the game. Meanwhile, Georgia is +135 odds, or an implied 41.6% chance.
Clemson and Georgia have played each other 64 times in their history. Georgia has dominated this series winning 42 of the 64 games.
That includes 6 of the last 7 times they've played. Of those 6 wins, 4 were blowouts. The only two that weren't were a Week 1 matchup in 2002 that saw Georgia win 31-28, and a 19-17 win in 1995.
Georgia may feel disrespected as they were left out of the preseason top 4. Well, they get a chance to show they aren't just one of the top-4 teams in the country, but that they're a true national title contender in Week 1.
Honestly, they probably couldn't ask for a better opening Week 1 matchup.