Gamecocks, Tigers square off for state championship

palmettobowlClemson and South Carolina recently came together to agree on one thing; their historic football rivalry needed an official nickname. The gridiron enemies put their stamps of approval on the “Palmetto Bowl”, the two coaches just call it the state championship game.

The Tigers (10-1, 7-1 ACC) will host the arch-rival Gamecocks (6-5, 3-5 SEC) on Saturday in a matchup that might seem meaningless to outsiders. Clemson has wrapped up a trip to the ACC Championship Game and South Carolina has clinched a bowl bid, so there’s little else to play for unless you understand the value of a year’s worth of state bragging rights.

“It really doesn’t matter what the records are and all that type of stuff,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who refers to the Tigers’ annual game against South Carolina as “a season of its own” in addition to the state title showdown. “When you get into these rivalry-type games, it’s a lot of emotion and anything that can happen, so we know that we have to play very well.”

Last year at this time Clemson was headed to the ACC and National Championship games, while the Gamecocks were seemingly sleepwalking through a losing season and the uncertainty of their future head coach hanging over their heads. Still, the Tigers escaped Columbia with a 37-32 victory inĀ  hard-fought finale. First-year Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp was aware of the rivalry before he arrived in Columbia just under one year ago, but he quickly found out about the intensity level.

“Walking by people talking about beating Clemson, you hear that very quickly, and you understand the importance of the game,” he said. “We talk about winning our state all the time, whether it’s recruiting or on the field, whatever we need to do.”

The Palmetto Bowl trophy will be up for grabs before a national television audience on ESPN and an expected sellout crowd of 83,000 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

Comments

comments

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State job

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State jobSocastee High alum Chris Lemonis will be named head baseball [more]

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestand

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestandThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader Sunday with the [more]

Local track athletes capture first at S.C. Junior Olympics

Local track athletes capture first at S.C. Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club played host to [more]

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospective

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospectiveThe Myrtle Beach Art museum drew over a thousand folks [more]

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summer

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summerOlivia Drew was crying, and her mother, Brittany Drew, was [more]

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continue

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continueAlex Lange fired six excellent innings Thursday, but the Myrtle [more]

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silver

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silverThe frontrunners in this year's My Horry News All-County Girls [more]

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World Cup

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World CupAmerican soccer fans don't have a rooting interest in this [more]

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streak

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streakThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans begin the second half of the [more]

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star Game

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star GameA pair of Myrtle Beach Pelicans played key roles in [more]

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-South

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-SouthA pair of former teammates and rivals joined forces for [more]

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finale

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finaleThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped their final game of the [more]

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squad

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squadCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster and designated hitter Zach Biermann [more]

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader today

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader todayVictor Diaz's seven strong innings for the Carolina Mudcats were [more]

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top list

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top listThe future looks bright for the sport of high school [more]

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nod

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nodCarter Hess carved his way to a spot on the [more]

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect start

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect startAfter Keegan Thompson was removed following seven perfect innings for [more]

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny win

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny winThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny rolled to a 6-0 victory over [more]

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-American

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-AmericanCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster was named to the Perfect [more]

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans game

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans gameThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome former MLB All-Stars and [more]

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transfer

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transferCoastal Carolina University men's basketball player Artur Labinowicz plans to [more]

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoff

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoffIn yet another development in the Grand Strand's booming sports [more]

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing Championship

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing ChampionshipLocal surfers, volunteers, and family members gathered at the Charleston [more]

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State job

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State jobSocastee High alum Chris Lemonis will be named head baseball [more]

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestand

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestandThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader Sunday with the [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach