Georgia vs. Clemson: 3 reasons Dawgs beat Tigers in season opener

Zamir White, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Zamir White, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Georgia football team may have what it takes to break Clemson football fans’ hearts.

In the game we are all eagerly anticipating, Georgia football fans and Clemson football fans will meet in Charlotte to see the Dawgs take on the Tigers for early-season bragging rights.

These are two of the five best teams in the country. It would not be shocking to see Georgia and Clemson be two of the four teams to play in the College Football Playoff. While Clemson has earned the right to be the favorite in this neutral-site affair, here are three things going for Kirby Smart’s team that might help them upset Clemson on Saturday night. This could be an all-timer.

These two teams are evenly matched, but here is why you should not be sleeping on Georgia.

Georgia football: 3 reasons Dawgs beat Clemson in Week 1

3. The front seven has the potential to be one of the best in the country

Georgia may have lost a ton in the secondary from last year’s team, but the defensive backfield was not going to be this year’s team’s strength anyway. The Dawgs are loaded in the front-seven. Headlined by defensive tackle Jordan Davis, this Georgia front-seven could be one of the very best in the country by the end of the season. This is a talented group with plenty of room for improvement, too.

2. JT Daniels is more experienced at quarterback than D.J. Uiagalelei

Admittedly, this will be inconsequential by the end of the season, but Georgia does have the more experienced starting quarterback in JT Daniels over Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei. If they played later in the year, Uiagalelei would have racked up plenty of starts. However, he has two at Clemson to date. Daniels has four in Athens, as well as a full season’s worth when he was playing for USC.

1. Georgia can dictate the pace with its deep stable of running backs

This is without question Georgia’s biggest advantage. If the Dawgs plan on beating Clemson, they will have to be able to run the ball with conviction. While they did lose some talent off the offensive line to the NFL Draft, Georgia has about as deep of a running back stable as you could hope for. From Zamir White to James Cook to Kendall Milton, this game could be a lot like 2014’s.

It is going to take a full four quarters, but Georgia has enough on-field talent to upset Clemson.

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