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Five Important Out-of-Conference For ACC In 2013

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Clemson has a chance to open the season with a second consecutive win against an SEC power, which would be a big boost for the ACC's reputation. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Clemson has a chance to open the season with a second consecutive win against an SEC power, which would be a big boost for the ACC's reputation. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

It seems like every year the media picks a team in the ACC that will finally end the down period and compete for a national championship berth. Usually it is Virginia Tech or Florida State; this year it’s the Tigers. Taj Boyd has fans in Clemson dreaming of a Heisman Trophy season and he will get a huge opportunity to stake a claim for that when Georgia pays a visit.

The Bulldogs got a huge boost when Aaron Murray decided to stay in school and will certainly be in the national championship hunt. Both of these teams will be ranked in the top 10 when the season starts.

This is a dream scenario for the Tigers: a top-5 SEC opponent at home under the lights with the whole country watching. A win against the Bulldogs would not only immediately thrust Clemson into the national title discussion, but earn major credibility for the conference as well.

In short: This game is huge.

Early prediction: Georgia 41, Clemson 38.