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What Harvey-Clemons Suspension Means For Bulldogs

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Josh Harvey-Clemons, one of the standouts on this year's Georgia defense, is suspended for the season-opener against Clemson. What does that mean for the matchup against the Tigers? Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, one of the standouts on this year's Georgia defense, is suspended for the season-opener against Clemson. What does that mean for the matchup against the Tigers? Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.

After a spring where everything seemed to be in working order, the Georgia Bulldogs revealed that starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons would be suspended for the first game of the season against Clemson.

Georgia fans have to be frustrated after seeing Alec Ogletree, Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo suspended last year.

For once, Georgia fans would like to go into the season with a full complement of starters.

Steve Spurrier has had a running joke the last few years about why he loved playing Georgia early in the season:

"I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended."

With the suspension, what does this mean for the Bulldogs as they prepare for their season opener with the Tigers?

Expect Clemson To Pass Often

With Tajh Boyd behind center, we already knew the Tigers were going to pass a lot.

After seeing what he did against Boston College (367), Georgia Tech (397 yards), Wake Forest (428), North Carolina State (426) and LSU (346), Boyd has shown he can throw for a lot of yards.

And in a secondary that already lost its two starters at safety from last year, the Bulldogs could ill-afford to have any of their starters out against Clemson.

Boyd is going to try to take advantage of that as Corey Moore will likely get the start at strong safety.

Moore has never started a game on defense and has 15 tackles in his career. He could be the one Clemson tries to pit against Sammy Watkins.

Offense Needs To Handle Business

Clemson is going to score because of Boyd and Watkins.

However, Georgia has one thing most of Clemson's opponents from 2012 didn't — a great offense.

The Bulldogs were among the best in most offensive categories last year. With most of the offensive skill players returning, the same should hold true in 2013.

If they can continue their offensive efficiency, regardless of who's suspended on defense, Georgia should win this one.