ESPN College GameDay picked the right destination for Week 1 of the 2013 college football season, as it is a game the entire college football community will be watching—not even Lee Corso could afford to miss it.
The ESPN crew will set up shop at Memorial Stadium to watch Clemson host Georgia on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. ET. College GameDay made the announcement Tuesday via its Twitter account:
We are heading to Death Valley to see Clemson take on Georgia! pic.twitter.com/5gT3snVQPw— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 6, 2013
As if this was a hard decision.
This is as good of a matchup as a fan can ask for during opening weekend. Both squads return the majority of their key players, are drenched in momentum and have national championship dreams. They are also ranked in the Top 10 of the latest USA Today Sports football coaches poll.
Who will win the big game?
It will be a battle between two contenders, and the outcome will certainly shake the rankings and help clear up the BCS picture. Sure, it's only the first game of the season, but this game could make or break the year for one of these two schools with lofty expectations.
Are you a fan of offense? Well, you should love this matchup even more. Both schools finished ranked in the top 20 in scoring offense and return their starting quarterbacks. Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Georgia's Aaron Murray are top-tier players and on plenty of NFL draft boards.
Forget how much this game means to both schools, as the star power and big plays are enough to draw in even the most causal college football fan.
The downside is that neither program has had much success when the College GameDay bus has shown up, as Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier reminded both fanbases:
The College GameDay hoopla will descend on Clemson. Worth noting the Tigers are 1-4, Georgia is 4-11 in the spotlight http://t.co/RIvhK9Pw3Z— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) August 6, 2013
Ouch. It's also worth noting that the lone Clemson victory came at home, while all of the losses were handed out on the road. The good news is that somebody is going to leave victorious and help change the bad luck.
Other notable games during Week 1 include LSU-TCU and Alabama-Virginia Tech, however both contests are played on neutral sites and probably won't have the same crowd atmosphere as Georgia-Clemson.
College football is in for a treat with this game, and College GameDay couldn't pass up the action.