ABC College Football Game of the Week Odds: Georgia vs. Clemson Print
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Friday, 30 August 2013 09:00
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Georgia vs. Clemson Odds

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CLEMSON, SC (The Spread) – The premiere game of the opening week in college football has No. 8 Clemson hosting No. 5 Georgia at 8PM ET on ABC.

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Georgia went 12-2 last season and was 8-6 against the spread. Clemson was 11-2 overall and 9-4 against the spread in 2012. These two last met in 2003 and Georgia has won five straight against Clemson, covering in four of the five victories.

Trends show that Georgia is 9-3-1 against the spread in its last 13 games against ACC opponents and 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on grass. Clemson is just 2-5 against the spread in its last 7 non-conference games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Georgia is the slight favorite on the road, as the Bulldogs have odds of -1.5 points against Clemson. The over/under total for the game has been set at 70 points (View Matchup). The opening odds had Georgia favored by a point. The spread dropped to as low as even before hitting a peak of Georgia -2.5. The over/under total opened at a lofty 73 points but has since been falling back.

Clemson is coming off its second-straight season of 10 wins or more and this team expects to be explosive on offense. The Tigers averaged 41 points and 513 yards per game last season and return stud quarterback Tajh Boyd, who threw for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns while rushing for 514 yards and 10 scores in 2012. Also back is dynamic receiver and return man Sammy Watkins, who had 708 receiving yards despite not playing a full season. The concerns for Clemson come on defense, as the unit gave up nearly 400 yards per game last year. Even more worrisome, the Tigers lose their leading tackler, sacker and interception leader from last year’s squad.

Georgia was a defensive stand away from playing for the national championship last season. The Bulldogs bring back nine starters from the 2012 team, led by quarterback Aaron Murray, who threw for 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns last season. Also back to help Murray is running back Todd Gurley, who rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 scores last season. Also aiding Murray is an offensive line that is completely intact from last year. Georgia does have some questions on defense, as it brings back only three starters from a dominant 2012 group. The real challenge will be up front, where Georgia is replacing five starters from its front seven in a physical SEC conference.

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In terms of Injuries, Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett is out with a knee injury. Georgia lists receiver Chris Conley as questionable with a shoulder injury while cornerback Damian Swann is questionable with a hip problem.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Georgia, as the Bulldogs are getting 64% of the wagers with odds of -1.5 points against Clemson.

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