The Tigers are fortunate as only defensive lineman Todd McClinton will miss Saturday's game. The Georgia Bulldogs are expected to have as many as four starters missing. ROV Kentrell Curry, S Greg Blue, NT Ken Veal, and DE Will Thompson are all expected to miss Saturday's game. Several reserve players, including South Carolina native Tim Jennings will sit this one out as well. (suspension)
A crowd of over 83,000 is expected for the contest. The largest Clemson vs. Georgia attendance in Death Valley was the 1990 game when 83,127 fans attended a 34-3 Clemson victory.
The record crowd for a game in Clemson Memorial Stadium is 86,092 set in 1999 when Clemson met Florida State in Bowden Bowl I, the first meeting of father and son head coaches in Division I history.
Georgia holds a 40-17-4 advantage in the series that dates to the 1897 season. The Dawgs last played in Death Valley in 1995, when Georgia pulled off a 19-17 victory behind the strength of 3rd string QB Brian Smith and reserve RB Torin Kirtsey.
Georgia has now won the last four meetings, in 1991, 1994, 1995 and 2002. The last two meetings, although separated by seven years, were classics.
Musburger Returns to Death Valley
ABC will broadcast the Clemson vs. Georgia game to over 40 percent of the nation. It will be shown on the Eastern seaboard (including New York City) with the exception of the state of Pennsylvania, which is Big Ten country and will get the Illinois vs. Missouri game. Clemson was on ABC once last year and was victorious by a 31-23 score against Wake Forest. Clemson is 8-2 under Tommy Bowden in games televised by ABC, including his first victory as a Clemson coach, a 33-14 win over Virginia in 1999.
Providing the play by play of Saturday's game will be Brent Musburger. This will be the fifth time Musburger has done a game from Death Valley, his second as a commentator for ABC. He did the 1985 and 1987 Clemson vs. Georgia games, and the 1988 Florida State game for CBS, and also did the 1997 North Carolina game for ABC. He also made a trip to Clemson for the 1998 men's basketball game against Georgia Tech, Greg Buckner's Senior Night game, which also turned out to be Rick Barnes final game at Clemson.
Georgia won it's last season opener in 994, a 24-21 win over South Carolina. The last time the Bulldogs lost on the road to open the season was 1990- an 18-13 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge.
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