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Rivalry Renewed: Georgia Bulldogs Release Trailer for Clemson Game

September 2, 2021
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ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldogs released a trailer for Saturday night's game against Clemson. 

For the 20th time in school history, Georgia will open a season against a ranked opponent as the Bulldogs battle Clemson (ranked No. 3 in Associated Press poll, No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches poll). The Bulldogs are 9-9-1 in these games.This will be Georgia’s first-ever top five matchup to open a season, the previous best was in 2013 when the fifth-ranked Bulldogs were outlasted by eight-ranked Clemson 38-35 in Clemson. The highest ranked opponent in a Georgia opener has been third-ranked Alabama thrice (1961-63) with the Crimson Tide beating an unranked Bulldog team in those contests. 

Georgia’s last season opener to feature a pair of ranked teams came in the debut of the Kirby Smart era when the No. 18 Bulldogs beat No. 22 North Carolina 34-22 in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta. The Bulldogs are 5-0 in season openers under Smart. Overall, the Bulldogs are 97-27-3 in season openers including winning their last seven dating back to a 45-21 win over Clemson in Athens in 2014, which marks the last time these programs have faced each other. The Georgia-Clemson series dates back to 1897, and the Bulldogs hold a 42-18-4 advantage. 

Preseason Top Five Again 

Georgia checks in at No. 5 in the AP preseason Top 25 poll as well as the Coaches poll. This marks the fourth consecutive season that the Bulldogs begin in the top five. Georgia opens up against Clemson in the Duke’s Mayo Classic in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium, and the Tigers were picked No. 3 in the AP and No. 2 in the Coaches poll. The first College Football Playoff (CFP) ranking will be released in October. Georgia will refer to the AP and Coaches poll rankings until the CFP’s weekly rankings.

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