Picking upsets on college Football games is hard to do even when you have current data to study. But right out of the gate, before the season has any history? Good luck with that one.

The intent here is not to pick an upset outright but to point out a quality SEC team who needs to be on high upset alert in early September.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels will be played in Atlanta on September 3rd. 

Why Georgia should win

The Georgia Bulldogs have the overall most talented team.

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From 3rd team – seldom see the field – to the starting line up, Georgia's athletes come from recruited classes ranked #12 (2013), #9 (2014), #6 (2015) and #5 (2016). North Carolina has not recruited a top 25 ranked class since 2011. Recruiting numbers are provided from the yearly compilation list of Phil Steele's College Football magazine. 

Georgia quarterbacks – raw talent and experience

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is the number one ranked recruit for the position in the nation.

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He is the projected starter but should he not be up to the task, senior Greyson Lambert, who led the Bulldogs to 10 wins in 2015, can step in. 

Georgia running Backs – tops in the nation

Sony Michel and Nick Chubb are both junior running backs for the Bulldogs. Chubb rushed for over 1,500 yards as a freshman and was considered the Heisman Trophy front runner when he was hurt in 2015. The injury occurred in game six (Tennessee) and he was out for the rest of the year.

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He is expected to be ready to go for this game. 

Michel became the feature back when Chubb went down. He finished the year with 1,161 total yards. If both are healthy, this is the best one-two running back combo in the nation.

Although the Georgia Dome is considered a neutral site for the game, do you really believe it is?

Why Georgia could lose

Kirby Smart, Georgia's new head coach is a proven commodity as a Defensive Coordinator.

The new Offensive Coordinator, Jim Cheney, held the same role at Tennessee, Arkansas and Pittsburgh in college, as well as some coaching in the NFL.  

The new Defensive Coordinator, Mel Tucker, had the same position for NFL teams Cleveland, Jacksonville and Chicago. Though all are excellent coaches, this is their first team – and game – working together. 

North Carolina's coaching staff has been at that school since 2012.

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The newest member is Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik. Last season was his first year with the Tar Heels. His defense averaged 24.5 points per game. An improvement of over two touchdowns per game from the previous season.

North Carolina returning 14 starters

North Carolina is returning seven starters from their record setting – 40.7 points per game – offense and seven from the much improved defense.

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After losing the first game of the season against rival South Carolina, the Tar Heels reeled off 11 wins in a row before a last second loss to #1 ranked Clemson in the ACC Title Game. The Clemson loss was controversial as Carolina was the recipient of an uncorrected bad call that allowed Clemson to run out the clock.

Carolina offensive line vs Georgia defensive line 

North Carolina returns nine of their top 10 offensive linemen from a rushing attack that averaged 224 yards per game in 2015. The Carolina offensive line is considered tops in the ACC. Georgia's defensive line ranks near the bottom of the SEC (11th) in terms of returning talent. If North Carolina can run effectively, they will open things up in the passing game as well. 

Final thoughts

Based on the difference in talent and home field advantage alone, Georgia should be an eight point favorite. Right now, they are a three point favorite in most places. That alone says the guys in Vegas want to see what the new staff has working before giving Georgia its due. The game is about even and Georgia is getting three for the home field. 

Not to say Georgia will definitely be upset. But, keep your money in your pocket and watch this one because while it isn't a good bet, it has the makings to be a very good football game. 

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