Expectations run high for the two teams pitted in this monster opening weekend contest. Clemson is riding high after an 11-win season culminating with a bowl win over LSU. The Georgia Bulldogs have equally high expectations returning a high-powered offense featuring Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley.
As is usually the case both squads return plenty of NFL talent. Georgia will be looking to fill significant holes on defense left by the departures of seven 2013 NFL Draft picks on that side of the ball. The shelves aren’t bare for Mark Richt’s squad as there’s plenty of underclassmen talent to fill the significant holes.
For Clemson, they return a veteran squad led by Tajh Boyd. Gone is stellar WR DeAndre Hopkins but there’s plenty of depth to fill that position. The Tigers boast one of the top playmakers in the country in Sammy Watkins. A return to form – after a sophomore season filled with off-the-field distractions and nagging injuries – should vault him to the top of draft boards. As good as Clemson was in 2012, they boast some unheralded talent that is prime to breakout this season.
After the break we’ll check out the 2014 NFL Draft prospects on both sides of this tilt and a matchup to watch on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Georgia at Clemson»