Check out the Clemson vs. South Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Clemson (10-1) vs. South Carolina (6-5) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Bowl and Conference Implications
Clemson will play either Virginia Tech or North Carolina in the ACC Championship. If it wins its last two games, it’ll almost certainly be in the College Football Playoff. Lose to South Carolina, and it’s playing next week for the Orange Bowl. South Carolina is bowl eligible – now it’s looking to get higher in the SEC pecking order.
What’s Going To Happen?
South Carolina almost screwed up Clemson’s dream season last year, battling hard in a 37-32 loss. This year, the Gamecocks are playing with house money, bouncing back from a miserable 2016 to get bowl eligible and show plenty of promise for the future.
Jake Bentley has been a find, looking like the quarterback to build things around for the next few years, while last week, fellow freshman Rico Dowdle is turning into a star on his own with 100 yards or more in three of the last four games, ripping up Western Carolina for 226 yards and two scores – averaging close to 11 yards per carry.
Will the backfield work against the Clemson defense?
The Tigers bounced back from the loss and defensive meltdown against Pitt to destroy Wake Forest, and now in the rivalry game, they’ll have to get up early and keep take South Carolina out of its comfort zone.
Clemson has the line to live in the backfield, and Pitt game aside, the secondary is a rock and should keep Bentley in check – he hasn’t been under pressure like he’ll see in Death Valley.
For all the positives and all the good things happening for the Gamecocks lately, they need their defense to own the game throughout, not letting Deshaun Watson and the Tiger attack take control early on. South Carolina can’t convert third downs and it’s not all that explosive – Western Carolina game aside – needing to slow the game down while hoping the defense can take over and come up with something special.
But in a game that matters, and in a showdown that’s always emotional because of the rivalry, the fire is going to go to another level for Clemson in what’ll be the final home game for several pro prospects, including – most likely – Watson, who’s going for his third win over the Gamecocks.
Can this be a repeat of last year’s close call? Maybe if the USC D can come up with a gem, but the Tiger defense will be the real star. South Carolina’s offense will stall way too often.
Clemson vs. South Carolina Prediction
Clemson 31, South Carolina 13
Clemson -24, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Store bought anything – 1: Homemade anything … 2
Must See Rating: 5: NFL kickers attempting extra points – 1: Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love … 3.5