Chris Stephens

Last-Minute Predictions For Georgia-Clemson

Created on Aug. 30, 2013 7:29 PM EST

This weekend's big matchup between Georgia and Clemson is nearly here. A line has been drawn in the sand and everyone has picked a side.

Everyone expects this to be a high-scoring affair as both team's offenses have a lot of dynamic pieces.

For Georgia, it's Aaron Murray, and the two-headed monster in the backfield of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

For Clemson, it's all about Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins.

In the end, the defenses may have the most to say about the outcome of this game. Whoever comes up with more stops, will come out on top.

With that said, here are a few last-minute predictions:

Prediction #1: 'Gurshall' Will Rush For More Than 200 Yards

Gurley and Marshall are a dynamite duo in the backfield for Georgia. They combined for more than 2,100 yards last year and will look to do even more in 2013. Expect the duo to run past defensive end Vic Beasley, who is explosive off the ball. That's good in passing situations, but when the other team is running the ball, Beasley tends to be too quick around the edge.

Prediction #2: Tajh Boyd Will Have At Least 250 Yards Passing And 75 Yards Rushing

Georgia is young on defense and Boyd his going to take advantage of that. He's going to use his legs to run around the backfield and wait for receivers to get open against the young secondary. When there's nothing there, he has the speed to get to the sticks. It will come as no surprise if he hits 400 total yards.

Prediction #3: Tajh Boyd Will Be Sacked More Times Than Aaron Murray

Clemson's defense is a little more known, but there's also a lot more tape on them. Georgia's front seven has a lot to prove and come in with few expectations. Expect them to get to Boyd more and drop him more than Clemson will Murray.

Prediction #4: Sammy Watkins Won't Make A Difference

Watkins was great in his freshman year with more than 1,450 total yards, but fell off last year with only 800 yards. He did miss three games, but only had two games with more than 100 yards, and that was against Wake Forest and N.C. State. Teams are keying on Watkins, making Boyd and others beat them. Likewise, Watkins will be a non-factor in this game.

FINAL PREDICTION: Georgia 38, Clemson 28

I think the Georgia defense makes more plays than Clemson's. There are no questions on offense for Georgia, while outside of Boyd and Watkins, there are some unknowns on Clemson's offense.

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