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. Clemson has struggled with Georgia, winning just 18 of the matches.
Their best stretch against Georgia came from 1900-1906. Clemson won all 7 games played in those years. Since then though, they've gone 11-39-4 against Georgia.
Clemson's last win against Georgia came in 2013 when they won 38-35. That too was a Week 1 matchup.
Clemson wants to win a national championship? Well they get a chance to test their metal early against a team they very well could play in that national title game.
It's going to be a crazy start to the season.