3 Keys for Saturday

CLEMSON - If Clemson is going to beat Georgia for the second straight year, the following three things must happen.

Mason will make his third career start Saturday night between the hedges. While he's thrown more passes and played in more games than his counterpart Cole Stoudt, he's also looked more shaky at times. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables needs to dial up pressure early and often to keep Mason unsettled in the pocket. Georgia starts a pair of sophomores at guard and look for Clemson's Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley and Tavaris Barnes to try and attack the Georgia offensive line there. Jarrett can create pressure from the inside-out while Beasley is one of the best in the country. Keep an eye on SAM/NB Korrin Wiggins close to the line of scrimmage as well. The Tigers have to get to Mason early to disrupt the Georgia offense in passing situations.

With Tajh Boyd moving on, the Tigers will miss his physical presence in short-yardage situations. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris has to find a way to sustain drives on 3rd-and-2 or less. He'll see if Cole Stoudt can handle some of that work load, but he'll also need a physical running back to push the pile as well. Keep an eye on Wayne Gallman or potentially J.J. McCullough in these situations. However it happens, the Tigers have to be able be productive in short-yardage or it could be a long night.

Simply put, Stoudt has to have touch on the long ball Saturday evening. Georgia's secondary will be aggressive at the line of scrimmage and opportunities will be there to beat the Dawgs over the top. Chances are Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett and even Artavis Scott will have opportunities to get open deep down the field. Can Stoudt be accurate with his deeper throws, putting enough air under the ball to allow his speedy targets to make the catch? If Clemson can convert one or two deep passes, it will open things up in the running game, which plays right into Clemson's game plan.

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