Preview: Clemson at South Carolina

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 30, 2013
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina


Clemson and South Carolina have met 110 times in a series dating to 1896, but when the fourth-ranked Tigers visit the ninth-ranked Gamecocks on Saturday, it will mark the first time both schools have met while ranked in the top 10. Beyond bragging rights in the Palmetto State for the next year, there are heavy BCS bowl implications on the line. The Tigers look destined to reach the Orange Bowl provided Florida State - the only team to beat Clemson this season - reaches the national championship game, while South Carolina could end up in the Sugar Bowl.

The series has been dominated by South Carolina of late, with the Gamecocks winning the past four matchups by a combined 124-54. Two junior stars projected to be top-10 picks in next spring’s NFL draft look to shine in the regular-season finale. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins leads the ACC with seven 100-yard receiving games and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, while South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has 23 career sacks.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: South Carolina -5

ABOUT CLEMSON (10-1): The Tigers are flying on offense since scoring just 14 points in the loss to Florida State, averaging 51.5 points during their four-game winning streak. Quarterback Tajh Boyd threw five touchdown passes in last week’s 52-6 rout of The Citadel, giving him 102 for his career. Clemson ranks 18th nationally in scoring defense (20.2) and defensive end Vic Beasley is tied for second in the ACC with 10 sacks.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (9-2): The Gamecocks have allowed 54 points during their four-game winning streak, 24 of those coming in a two-overtime victory at Missouri, and are 17th nationally in passing yards allowed per game (200.7). Clowney had 4.5 sacks in last season’s 27-17 victory at Clemson. South Carolina averages 465.8 yards of total offense and need 375 yards to match the school record of 5,499 yards set in 2010.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Gamecocks own the nation’s longest current home winning streak at 18 games.

2. Clemson K Chandler Catanzaro is second in ACC history in points (395) and sixth in field goals (66).

3. The Tigers lead the all-time series 65-41-4.

PREDICTION: South Carolina 37, Clemson 34

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Clemson 10-1 W4 42.3 20.2 6-1 4-0 9-1 0-0 7-1
South Carolina 9-2 W4 34.4 20.3 6-0 3-2 7-2 0-0 6-2

Last Meeting

Clemson South Carolina
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/24/12 SOCAR 27 CLEM 17 328 145 183 444 134 310

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CLEM T. Boyd 45.8 183 1 2
SOCAR D. Thompson 56.1 310 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CLEM A. Ellington 15 72 4.8 0
SOCAR K. Miles 16 45 2.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CLEM J. Brown 3 68 22.7 0
SOCAR A. Sanders 6 119 19.8 1
TDs Player TD
CLEM T. Boyd 1
SOCAR B. Ellington 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CLEM T. Boyd 67.3 3248 29 7
SOCAR C. Shaw 61.8 1983 20 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CLEM R. McDowell 163 845 5.2 4
SOCAR M. Davis 179 1112 6.2 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CLEM S. Watkins 78 1144 14.7 10
SOCAR B. Ellington 39 584 15.0 6
TDs Player TD
CLEM S. Watkins 10
SOCAR M. Davis 10

Quickchart Matchup

Clemson Off vs  South Carolina Def
516.6 yards
344.4 yards
4.1 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
8.8 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt
South Carolina Off vs  Clemson Def
465.8 yards
353.4 yards
5.1 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
8.5 yards/attempt
6.8 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Clemson Overall South Carolina
10-1-0 W/L 9-2-0
6-5-0 ATS 5-6-0
7-4-0 O/U 5-6-0
42.3 Pts For 34.4
20.2 Pts Against 20.3
Clemson A/H South Carolina
4-0 W/L 6-0
2-2-0 ATS 3-3-0
2-2-0 O/U 3-3-0
43.5 Pts For 36.7
16.2 Pts Against 17.2