Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Alabama -vs- Clemson

Two Top 20 teams square off in a 'Neutral Site' contest that could end up looming large for both programs this season. Clemson is expected to win the light-weight ACC, as well as be a factor in the national picture. It will be a huge test for Nick Saban's Tide as they roll into Atlanta seeking to escape with a win for the SEC. I believe Alabama will wear their underdog role well and play the Tigers extremely tough. Nothing would suit Bama better than to start the regular season by defeating a group of Tigers, and to end it the same way by dumping the Tigers of Auburn. Clemson's Tommy Bowden realizes he has to start changing the perception of his program from under-achieving to playing up to the level of talent and capability that his teams have. The game, which is being played in the Georgia Dome, is the first of what officials hope will become an annual Kickoff Classic between the SEC and ACC. This year's battle will also showcase two of the top recruits in the country in Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and Clemson defensive end DaQuan Bowers. Two programs with storied histories, two big name head coaches, and two teams with much to gain. Those are the ingredients for a high-powered showdown that could blow the roof off of the Dome in the A-T-L!

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