Georgia, Clemson look to make early splash

Georgia, Clemson look to make early splash

College football's inaugural playoff is more than four months away.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — College football's inaugural playoff is more than four months away.

Still, it's never too early to start impressing the selection committee.

For No. 12 Georgia and No. 16 Clemson, that opportunity comes the very first week of the season.

In a game that looks a bit like the Iowa caucuses during a presidential election year, two powerhouse teams about 80 miles apart will try to establish themselves as championship contenders before the calendar flips to September. Georgia cornerback Damian Swann calls it a "beauty contest," and he knows a win over Clemson would surely look good on the resume.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney shrugs off talk about the playoff. He says it would be foolish to put too much emphasis on the very first game of the season.

 

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