Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
5:30 PM ET, August 30, 2014
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
: 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.
"You always want to (win) the beauty contest," Georgia cornerback Damian Swann said Tuesday. "That will be a help later on down the line." Complete Preview