CLEMSON – It’s Game Day in Death Valley where No. 8 Clemson battles No. 5 Georgia to open the 2013 season.
Location: Memorial Stadium (Death Valley)
Kickoff: 8:00 PM
2012 Record: Clemson 11-2 Georgia 12-2
ACC Record: Clemson 0-0
Series History: Georgia leads 41-17-4
Last Meeting: Georgia won 30-0 in 2003
Streak: Georgia won five in a row
Clemson Looking for Back to Back Top Ten Wins
Clemson is looking to make history on Saturday night. If Clemson can defeat Georgia they will be the first non-SEC team to defeat two top ten SEC teams in consecutive seasons. Of course Clemson will also have done it in consecutive games.
Clemson Host ESPN GameDay
Clemson will host the only four hour ESPN College GameDay of the year.
Consensus Top 15 Teams
Clemson and Georgia are both ranked in the top 15 in all of the major preseason polls. There are only ten teams that are ranked in the top 15 of all the major preseason polls.
The highest ranking for Clemson in No. 6 in the Athlon poll.
Boyd and Murray among Nation’s Best
Tajh Boyd and Aaron Murray are two of the best quarterbacks in the nation. Both led their teams to top ten rankings in 2012 and have them back in the top ten this year. Murray has been a four year starter and will start his 41st game Saturday night. Boyd will start his 28th game for the Tigers after starting the past two seasons.
Murray has 95 touchdown passes, the most of any active player. Tajh Boyd is second with 73. Boyd has 69 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions the last two seasons. Murray 71 touchdowns and 24 interceptions over the same time period.
Boyd Returning ACC Player of the Year
Clemson’s Tajh Boyd was named the 2012 ACC Player of the Year and is back for his senior year. There have only been five repeat winners of the award. Roman Gabriel, Mike Voight, Steve Fuller, Don McCauley and Charlie Ward all were two time winners.
Six Top 25 Wins
Over the past two seasons Clemson has six wins against Top 25 teams. Four of the wins have been away from Death Valley.
Ranked for 30Weeks
Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 in at least one of the major polls for the past 30 polls. Alabama, Oregon, Stanford, LSU and South Carolina are the only other teams to have that honor.
Robert – Clemson 34 Georgia 31
Ed – Clemson 54 Georgia 35
Will – Clemson 38 Georgia 35
Qualk – Clemson 41 Georgia 38