Monday, June 24, 2013
Georgia-Clemson picked as top opener
By Chris Low
We asked you in our SportsNation poll which of the 2013 season openers involving SEC teams was the most attractive, and the Georgia-Clemson tilt was a runaway winner.
With more than 11,000 votes cast, the Aug. 31 matchup between the Bulldogs and Tigers in Death Valley (the ACC version) received 51 percent of the vote.
The Georgia-Clemson game would be my pick, too. For one, this will be the first meeting between the old rivals since 2003, and there have been some memorable games in the series, which dates back to 1897.
I can still hear the late Larry Munson bellowing, "Oh my God! Oh my God!" after Kevin Butler kicked a 60-yard field goal in the waning seconds to lift Georgia to a 26-23 win in 1984.
The Bulldogs have won the past five in the series. But in the 12 meetings prior to that, Clemson held a 6-5-1 advantage.
It's a great rivalry. The two campuses are separated by about 75 miles, and it's a game that means a great deal to both fan bases.
The season opener that came in second in our poll was LSU vs. TCU in Arlington, Texas. That game received 15 percent of the vote, and a close third was Alabama vs. Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, which received 14 percent of the vote.