South Carolina vs. Clemson fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 24
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
South Carolina (6-4) vs. Clemson (11-10) Game Preview
One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win
The Gamecocks have to pick one poison and go with it.
The Tiger offensive line is playing well enough to grind out the running game, and Trevor Lawrence is just confident enough to push the passing game deal to give the iffy USC secondary issues. However, the O hasn’t been pushed all that hard against a bad ACC slate.
It might seem like something special to blow out Florida State, and the Tigers were impressive against Boston College and Duke, but the Gamecocks have been tight with Texas A&M and Florida – but both were losses.
This team has a way of going through a few spurts to keep up the pace – just about every game is tight no matter who it’s again. The Georgia game is a long, long time ago, and as long as the turnovers don’t start flowing early on, this team has the style and the skill to come up with a few decent drives.
And it starts with Jake Bentley.
He’s been awful in his first two games against Clemson, but he’s been accurate over the last month, he’s pushing the ball deep, and he’s a proven passer who won’t be fazed in this.
But first, he has to get time …
One Reason Why Clemson Will Win
The defensive front has turned it on at the right time.
For all of the hype, and all of the expectations, and all of the pressure, the amazing Tiger line has been every bit as good as anyone could’ve asked for.
Clemson’s D isn’t giving up a thing, allowing 16 points or fewer in each of the last five games, and ten or fewer seven times this year.
The Gamecock offensive line has gotten the job done, and it’s great at keeping defenses out of the backfield, but it’s not going to blast away for the ground game on this group. It’s going to have to be Bentley or bust offensively, and he’s going to have to do it against a secondary allowing just 170 yards per game.
USC has to do everything else right to pull this off. But Clemson is better in the turnover battle, it doesn’t commit enough penalties to be a problem, and the special teams have been sound.
What’s Going To Happen
Clemson’s switch will remain flipped on.
South Carolina is the best team the Tigers have faced since the close call at Texas A&M earlier in the year, but it doesn’t have the offensive balance and it doesn’t have the firepower to keep up.
On the other side, the D will hold its own to stay in the game, but that won’t be enough. Give it a quarter, and Clemson will find its rhythm on two good scoring drives – Lawrence won’t have to deal with too much pressure – to get up, stay up, and move on to the ACC Championship.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Clemson 40, South Carolina 17
Line: Clemson -26.5, o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3.5
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