So when it was first announced several years back these two old rivals would face off again to open the 2013 and '14 seasons, it was greeted with open arms by both fan bases.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said recently it was one of the first questions he was asked when he took over in Tigertown.
"When I first got the job in December of '08, I remember someone asking me about how excited we were to play Georgia in 2013," Swinney said. "I'm like 'I just hope I can live 'til 2013.' That was the furthest thing from my mind. But that tells you the significance of this game."
It's important all right - especially this season.
In case you've been living under a rock, Clemson enters the year ranked No. 8 and fresh off a win against top 10 LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Georgia is ranked even higher- No. 5- and was a play away from playing for the National Championship in 2012.
In all, the two teams won a combined 23 games a year ago and also have four potential Heisman candidates between them in Georgia's Aaron Murray/Todd Gurley, plus Clemson's Tajh Boyd/Sammy Watkins.
Adding more drama to the equation is the fact the two teams haven't met in 10 years and ESPN's College GameDay will be on hand when they take to the field Aug. 31.
|"I don't know what's going to happen. I think if you had eight teams in the playoff you would see more of these kinds of games. - Mark Richt|
While fans for both sides revel in the notion of their teams winning a season opener of this magnitude, few think about the ramifications of a loss. And the coaches? Well they've got a bit of a different slant.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt told CUTigers publisher Roy Philpott Tuesday it's not a black and white issue. In fact, the future of games like this, at least at this juncture, doesn't look that all that bright.
"I don't know what's going to happen. I think if you had eight teams in the playoff you would see more of these kinds of games," he said. "Because anytime you play a team like Clemson you take a chance of a losing and Clemson takes a chance in losing to Georgia. But if you have eight teams in a playoff, one loss may not knock you out."
Ah yes, the new College Football Playoff.
It's arrival is next season, and with it comes plenty of questions. For a team like Georgia, which plays in the SEC, it's fairly simple- win and you're in. Like it or not, the SEC has won the last seven National Championships and until that streak is broken, there's no doubt its the best league in America.
One out-of-conference loss, early in the season, to nationally ranked team like Clemson and there's still legitimate hope of getting back in the championship race.
From Clemson's perspective, that may not necessarily be true. While the end-of-season scenarios typically work themselves out for the eventual champion, a one-loss team from the ACC won't be looked upon as favorably.
In other words, why risk it?
ACC teams that run the table in future years will almost be guaranteed a spot in four-team College Football Playoff. Why make the schedule more difficult? Why jeopardize that chance?
"I think it's great for Clemson and Georgia and their fan bases," Swinney said. "I grew up in the SEC, watching Clemson and Georgia, and there were so many great moments. I've been at Clemson for 10 years now, and that's something people talk about - the tradition of that game. (Roy Philpott)
Or, what happens if Clemson beats Georgia then the 'Dawgs run the table?
See what I mean? The answer to the second question is pretty simple. To the first? Well, it's murky at best. Strength of schedule debates and rooting for Oregon to lose to Oregon State in late November spring to mind initially.
There's no doubt about it - fans love games like this.
But in the future, they may not- especially if costs their team a chance at winning a National Championship.
For now, the coaches are saying exactly what you would expect. They are looking forward to Aug. 31, as are their respective teams.
"It's good to play Clemson," Richt said. "It's good for Georgia to play Clemson because it has been a rival game for years and they are just down the road. So I've got no problem in playing it."
His counterpart in Clemson agrees.
"I think it's great for Clemson and Georgia and their fan bases," Swinney said. "I grew up in the SEC, watching Clemson and Georgia, and there were so many great moments. I've been at Clemson for 10 years now, and that's something people talk about - the tradition of that game. When it got put back on the schedule, it immediately caught everybody's attention and people have been talking about it for several years now."
Enjoy those "great moments" while you can, because they may not be around much longer.
Consider the Clemson-Georgia rivalry placed on red alert.
It could be too costly to continue this series in the future.