First Take: No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia

Clemson running back Roderick McDowell tries to shake the tackle of Georgia's Tray Matthews during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Who: No. 16 Clemson (11-2, 7-1 ACC last year) at No. 12 Georgia (8-5, 5-3 SEC last year)

When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET

Where: Sanford Stadium (92,746) | Athens, Ga.


Radio: Clemson Radio Network (WQSC-AM 1340 in Charleston) | Affiliates

Line: Georgia by -7.5

What to know about Georgia: We begin with the quarterback - Hutson Mason started the last two games last year after Aaron Murray tore his ACL, and played decently against Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Nebraska (808 yards, 59.6 percent completions, 4 TD, 2 INT) ... Todd Gurley (989 yards, 10 TDs in 2013) has been named to the Phil Steele preseason All-American team and all-SEC top squad ... it's a touted front seven led by linebackers Ramik Wilson and Jordan Jenkins, who combined for 23 tackles for loss last year ... kicker Marshall Morgan, who was suspended for last year's opener, is one of the nation's top returning booters.

When last they met: Clemson 38, Georgia 35 on Aug. 31, 2013 in Death Valley: You might recall this one. Tajh Boyd scored five touchdowns - three passing and two rushing - to give the Tigers their fifth win over a top-five opponent in school history. It also gave Clemson the distinction of being the first non-SEC team in college football history to defeat top-10 SEC teams in consecutive games (paired with the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.)

All-time series: Georgia leads 41-18-4, including a commanding 26-7-1 edge between the hedges. The Bulldogs had their five-game winning streak snapped 52 weeks ago. When both teams are ranked, the Tigers have won twice and the Bulldogs have won twice. Clemson scored a 31-28 upset over No. 14 Georgia in 1986, the last time Clemson won in Athens (having lost three since.) Georgia's 23-2-1 against Clemson at home since 1914.

Which Clemson Tiger is licking his chops: Not as obvious an answer as last year, now is it? Let's go with senior receiver Adam Humphries, who should be open early and often to give new quarterback Cole Stoudt an easy target when the Georgia front applies heat and the corners play press coverage on the likes of Mike Williams, Charone Peake and Artavis Scott.

Who's keeping the Clemson coaches up at night: Mr. Todd Gurley, ladies and gentlemen. Had arguably the finest rushing effort anybody's ever had against a Brent Venables-led defense in the 2013 opener, with his 154 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries as he suffered a thigh injury in the first quarter. If Gurley stays healthy all 60 minutes Saturday, he'll be a load for the optimistic Clemson defense to handle.

Extra point: Clemson is 11-3 in its opener since 2000. Two of the three losses: Georgia.