To call Clemson a Georgia rival at this point in time feels premature. Yes, the teams have a storied history against each other dating back to 1897, but the schools have played just four times since the year 2000.
But the lack of recent history didn’t prevent Georgia head coach Kirby Smart calling the Tigers a rival.
“It’s a rivalry game,” Smart said. “You poll your fan base, which is really the most important thing, you go look at your alumni base and you look at your financial supporters and say, ‘what do you guys want?’ To a T they want to see these kind of games.”
Clemson and Georgia are just 73 miles apart. They’ve gone head-to-head in recruiting for prospects such as Jamaree Salyer, Barrett Carter and Trevor Lawrence. The two sides are quite familiar with each other, as are their respective fan bases.
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