The season-opening matchup between Georgia and Clemson has been picked up by ABC for a primetime broadcast. And it's no wonder given the offensive fireworks that game is expected to produce.
The Aug. 31st game has been tabbed for an 8 p.m. kickoff by ABC, the two schools announced Tuesday. The game will match two of college football's top quarterbacks for 2013 in Georgia senior Aaron Murray and Clemson junior Tajh Boyd.
The Bulldogs, coming off a 12-2 season and No. 5 final ranking, return 10 starters from last season's record-breaking offense. Murray passed for 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions in 2012 and is the only quarterback in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. His supporting cast includes tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall -- nicknamed "Gurshall" -- who combined for more the 2,500 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns.
Boyd broke the ACC record last season for touchdowns in a game after throwing for five and running for three in a win over N.C. State. In the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve in the Georgia Dome, he completed 36-of-50 passes for 346 yards and led the Tigers to victory with a 23-yard pass on 4th-and-16 to set up the winning field goal in the one-point win. Clemson finished 11-2 last season.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between defending naitonal champion Alabama and Virginia Tech the same day was set for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPN.
It was at turns clunky and hard to watch, but it was entirely sweet.Georgia Tech played perhaps its most memorable game in the young history of McCamish Pavilion, rallying from 12 points down with less than seven minutes to go and four down with just over a minute left to claim a 67-64 win over Illinois on Tuesday night.