As he hones in on final preparations for Saturday's season-opening showdown, Dabo Swinney says Georgia's Bulldogs have all the skill and speed any team could ask for - on both sides of the ball.
The teams may not have played in a decade, but having recruited against the Bulldogs ever since he's been at Clemson, Swinney is shedding no tears for Mark Richt's young and banged-up defense.
He says the Dawgs' offensive proficiency speaks for itself.
And when all is said and done, Swinney predicts that it will be the battle in the trenches - particularly Clemson's defensive front four vs. Georgia's veteran offensive line - that determines the winner and loser.
Game will be won in the trenches
"On defense, they have a lot of new faces and a lot of new starters, but don't buy the lie and feel sorry for Georgia," Swinney said. "They've a got a lot of great players. They're one of those programs that just reloads, and that's what they've done in this year.
"They lost some guys from last year, but they've recruited at a very high level. They'll put a very good defense on the field Saturday night."
Swinney said that in addition to the Bulldogs' skill level and experience, he's impressed by Georgia's offensive balance and diversity.
"They know what they're doing and have a great feel for their offense," he said. "If you look at what they did last year - 37 passing touchdowns and 32 rushing touchdowns - they're very balanced. They're dynamic in how they call their plays, and they want to run the football.
"They use a lot of play-action and a lot of screens and have a lot of double-moves and things like that built into their plan. And they've got a veteran group at every position."
On both sides of the ball, he says the game will be won or lost at the line of scrimmage.
"The key to this game is what happens in the trenches," Swinney said. "It's not anything fancy and it's not rocket science. They're either going to win in the trenches or we're going to win in the trenches, and that's what it's going to come down to.
"Georgia has a very experienced offensive line and they know what they're doing. They do a very good job of getting to second level and cutting you off, so it's going to be a huge challenge for our linebackers to be dialed in on their keys.
"Our interior defensive line has to gobble their double-teams up and create a new line of scrimmage. We can't get knocked back. Aaron Murray does a good job both inside the pocket and outside the pocket. You have to be disruptive. You can't just come after him. When you blitz him, he's probably as good as there is in the country. You have to get pressure with your front four."
Offensively, Swinney said the Tigers need to execute at a high level.
"For us, it's about Clemson, and the way we prepare and execute, mentally and physically," Swinney said. "We need to take care of business with the things that we can control, and execute our plan to win."
Win or lose, Swinney said the game on Saturday is only a starting point for both the Tigers and Bulldogs.
"I don't think either teams is going to find out all the answers in a game like this," he said. "We're a talented team and they're a talented team, but the opener is just the opener. You've gotta go play somebody, and this is a little bit of a different deal because you've got two good teams, both with very little room for error. We're going to grow over the first few weeks, win the game or lose the game."