Sammy WatkinsThis might be the biggest game in college football's first week of play since the days of the Hurricanes and Seminoles used to play this early in the 1990s.

Sometimes college football fans can get that lucky.

A game with all the implications in the world that could have a direct effect on the national title. They could also have a huge effect on the Heisman Trophy.

What a great time to be a college football fan.

How this game got scheduled in the first place is questionable because of the implications - but thank you scheduling gods for making it happen. Here are five things to watch for in this monumental game.

Georgia's defense vs. Clemson's offense

This is a team (Georgia) that had huge losses to the NFL draft this past April. How will a defensive line that lost John Jenkins and a linebacking unit that lost Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree to the draft stop the speed of Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd? 

Let the Heisman talk start

Both Tajh Boyd and Aaron Murray are serious Heisman candidates. Here is a chance for them to get an early jump on the voting. I suspect the Bulldogs will flush Boyd out of the pocket more and make him run. Murray will have more time to find his receivers in the pocket.


Both Dabo Sweeney and Mark Richt are two of the best coaches in the nation. This may be a game of chess as they try to get outsmart each other. A lot more may be riding on this game for Georgia and Richt than Sweeney. While the season lines up for Clemson more easily in a quest for a national title, Richt needs an SEC title and a national title run to keep the heat off of him by Georgia alums.

Running to daylight

Not only will Sammy Watkins be used in the running and passing attack, but so will Todd Gurley. I give Gurley the edge as I think he might be the best weapon in the SEC not playing quarterback. If Gurley runs for over 120 yards in this game, Georgia will win.

Home field advantage

This really is an even game. While Georgia appears to be a slight favorite, this could come down to the last team holding the football. It is also tough to win at Clemson. If it comes right down to it, I like the home team to get the "W."