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Aug. 28, 2014

High-profile season openers against ranked opponents haven’t gone so well for Georgia lately. No. 16 Clemson provides another chance Saturday for the 12th-ranked Bulldogs to get off to a fast start. “I think it kind of shows the character of your team right off the bat,” fifth-year senior wideout Michael Bennett said. “We haven’t done […] - Full Story

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When Georgia takes the field on Saturday its players will honor Bulldog legend Dan Magill by wearing a special decal on their helmets. - Full Story

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J.J. Green is a confident cornerback, even if he hasn’t played defense in a college football game before. - Full Story

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J.J. Green is a confident cornerback, even if he hasn’t played defense in a college football game before. - Full Story

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his top 20 NFL Draft prospects for 2015 and two Georgia players made the cut. - Full Story

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High-profile season openers against ranked opponents haven’t gone so well for Georgia lately. - Full Story

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High-profile season openers against ranked opponents haven’t gone so well for Georgia lately. - Full Story

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Georgia will be missing two deep threats Saturday with Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley not available to play. Mitchell hasn’t practiced after arthroscopic knee surgery July 31. Scott-Wesley is serving a suspension. What does that mean for Georgia’s vertical passing game? “We still have the ability to stretch the field with a few guys,” said […] - Full Story

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A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 1 of the season:

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia. One year ago, these two teams provided one of the best opening-weekend matchups in a game Clemson won 38-35. Georgia has the home-field advantage in Saturday's rematch, which again has as much intrigue as just about any first-week game across the nation. This game could come down to whether Clemson's defense can slow down Georgia running back Todd Gurley and whether Georgia's offensive line can keep Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley away from Bulldogs quarterback Hunter Mason. Georgia is 36-1 in home nonconference games since 2001.

BEST MATCHUP: Arkansas at No. 6 Auburn. The Razorbacks travel to face the Tigers in a game most notable for the chilly relationship between coaches Bret Bielema and Gus Malzahn. Bielema is an unapologetic basher of the hurry-up offense, claiming it leads to more injuries — while few push the offensive pace like Malzahn. The Razorbacks are clearly longshots in this matchup, coming off a 0-8 record in the SEC last season, but they would love nothing more than to spoil Auburn's opener after the Tigers played for a national title last season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Only five of the SEC's 14 members have quarterbacks who started the majority of games for their respective teams last season. Those five teams are Arkansas (Brandon Allen), Auburn (Nick Marshall), Mississippi (Bo Wallace), Mississippi State (Dak Prescott) and Tennessee (Justin Worley). Wallace's 6,340 career passing yards lead active league QBs by a wide margin.

LONG SHOT: Tennessee has more overall talent than six-point underdog Utah State, but the Aggies enter Sunday's season opener with more experience and the better quarterback in Chuckie Keeton, who is making his first appearance since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament midway through last season. "All you have to do is put their film on," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "If you know anything about football, then you say this is a really, really good football team." The youth of Tennessee's roster makes this game hard to predict. If Utah State grabs an early lead, how will all the newcomers on Tennessee's roster respond?

IMPACT PLAYER: LSU running back Leonard Fournette is only a freshman, but expectations for the highly-regarded recruit are through the roof. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder from New Orleans is already generating Heisman Trophy talk down in Louisiana. While that may be premature, he has a chance to make a big impression when the No. 13 Tigers host No. 14 Wisconsin on Saturday. Said Miles: "He's going to want the opportunity to do everything that he can do. And certainly he'll play a role in this game."

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AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Oxford, Mississippi, contributed to this story.

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Outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer said he’s the only full-time defensive assistant that will be in the coaches’ box on the press box level. Asked if he’s heard about how animated offensive coordinator Mike Bobo can get up there. “I’ve been around him enough to figure it out,” Sherrer said. “I’ve been to a few scrimmages already.” …Georgia 2015 wide receiver commitment Jayson Stanley from Creekside tweeted on Tuesday that he sustained a torn ACL. …Six prognosticators from SI.com made their picks for the four-team playoff. Florida State was the pick to win it all by four writers. Gabriel Baumgaertner chose Georgia. His reasoning was that Mason “has two of the nation’s best running backs (Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall), three stud receivers and a defense with eight returning starters, including a truly fearsome linebacker in Leonard Floyd. Crazy? Sure. But it’s time for Mark Richt to catch his break.” - Full Story

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One change to Georgia’s home game routine this season is a switch of where the team stays on Friday nights before home games. - Full Story

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On the 30th-anniversary of Kevin Butler’s 60-yard field goal to beat Clemson, leave it to Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan to boot one from that distance in the lead up to the teams meeting again. - Full Story

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Georgia coach Mark Richt came with a ready opening message in his last post-practice meeting with the beat writers before Saturday’s game with Clemson. - Full Story

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Aug. 27, 2014

Jordan Jenkins pulled off another remarkable athletic feat on Wednesday. - Full Story

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Georgia coach Mark Richt came with a ready opening message in his last post-practice meeting with the beat writers before Saturday’s game with Clemson. “I think my No. 1 answer today will be, ‘I know, but I’m not going to tell you,’” Richt said Wednesday night. “Is that bad? I’m just trying to be honest […] - Full Story

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The annual Georgia-Florida weekend in Jacksonville is going to start off a little different this year with a concert from the band that almost shares a name with one of the biggest rivalries in college football. - Full Story

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— As widely expected, coach Mark Richt confirmed Tuesday that wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley won’t play Saturday. Mitchell hasn’t practiced after arthroscopic knee surgery July 31. Scott-Wesley is serving a suspension for a marijuana arrest. - Full Story

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Quarterback Hutson Mason donning the orange and white for Clemson? - Full Story

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Collin Barber remains a “little bit ahead recently” of Adam Erickson in the competition at punter, assistant John Lilly said Tuesday night. - Full Story

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A day after the release of Georgia’s depth chart made waves when All-SEC inside linebacker Ramik Wilson was listed as a second-teamer, Amarlo Herrera was succinct when asked if too much is made of what’s on paper. - Full Story

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Aug. 26, 2014

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Meet the new guys who Georgia will be counting on in its overhauled secondary. - Full Story

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Quarterback Hutson Mason donning the orange and white for Clemson? Mason will wear the Georgia “G” as starting quarterback Saturday, but he said Tuesday that the Tigers were heavily involved in his recruiting process out of Lassiter High. “Clemson never offered me, but I took a visit to Clemson and when I left there, they […] - Full Story

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It’s the first game week edition of Bulldog Bytes this season. We bring you what’s going on in the Clemson camp with Larry Williams of TigerIllustrated.com. We remember the legendary Dan Magill, the accomplished tennis coach who had many roles at Georgia including as sports information director and founding the Bulldog Club. And we take […] - Full Story

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Aug. 25, 2014

Keith Marshall felt at one point like this Saturday would never arrive. - Full Story

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