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 in  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

Cubs' World Series victory meant the world to 'Hawk'

Cubs' World Series victory meant the world to 'Hawk'Andre Dawson may be a Hall of Famer and a [more]

Mutiny downs Dynamos, vaults into first-place tie

Mutiny downs Dynamos, vaults into first-place tieThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny defeated the Carolina Dynamos 4-3 on [more]

Socastee's Cudd among six signees in Gamecocks' class

Socastee's Cudd among six signees in Gamecocks' classSouth Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced a signing [more]

Pelicans 'Hatch' second half with win over Woods Ducks

Pelicans 'Hatch' second half with win over Woods DucksThomas Hatch yielded just an unearned run over seven innings [more]

Mutiny heats up in second half to beat Hammerheads

Mutiny heats up in second half to beat HammerheadsThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny handled the rainy conditions and the [more]

The Hawk, Trophy kick off Pelicans' Cubs-A-Palooza

The Hawk, Trophy kick off Pelicans' Cubs-A-PaloozaThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome the Chicago Cubs' 2016 [more]

MB all-star Jimenez puts on lights-out show in HR derby

MB all-star Jimenez puts on lights-out show in HR derbyThe phrase "light-tower power" is thrown around often for power [more]

Tar Heels offer MB's Doty; Tigers' Moody picks ECU

Tar Heels offer MB's Doty; Tigers' Moody picks ECUMyrtle Beach High quarterback Luke Doty hasn't started his first [more]

CAC swimmers face tough competition at Titan meet

CAC swimmers face tough competition at Titan meetTriangle Aquatic Club hosted the TAC Titans TYR Triangle Classic [more]

First-half champ Pelicans ride hot streak into break

First-half champ Pelicans ride hot streak into breakBoth Jesse Hodges and Eloy Jimenez homered Sunday as the [more]

Mutiny nets first home win in rout of North Carolina FC

Mutiny nets first home win in rout of North Carolina FCThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny captured their first win at their [more]

Conway's Carter captures victory at Firefighters 5K

Conway's Carter captures victory at Firefighters 5KMore than 80 participants traveled from nine different states to [more]

Pelicans rally in 10th inning to knock out Wood Ducks

Pelicans rally in 10th inning to knock out Wood DucksA frantic Myrtle Beach rally in the 10th helped the [more]

Pelicans put pitcher Araujo on All-Star Classic roster

Pelicans put pitcher Araujo on All-Star Classic rosterRight-handed pitcher Pedro Araujo has been selected to represent the [more]

Mutiny duels Tormenta FC to tie, plays again Sunday

Mutiny duels Tormenta FC to tie, plays again SundayThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny are still looking for their first [more]

Wood Ducks turn tables on Pelicans in shutout victory

Wood Ducks turn tables on Pelicans in shutout victoryThe Down East Wood Ducks turned the tables on the [more]

Pelicans pitch club record third consecutive shutout

Pelicans pitch club record third consecutive shutoutJustin Steele fired five scoreless innings, and the Myrtle Beach [more]

Panthers put together new puzzle pieces in minicamp

Panthers put together new puzzle pieces in minicampThe Carolina Panthers didn't have a chance to see the [more]

Johnson finishes second in US Surfing Championships

Johnson finishes second in US Surfing ChampionshipsMyrtle Beach’s Brock Johnson finished in 2nd place today in [more]

CF's Johnson, CCU's Gore highlight local draftee list

CF's Johnson, CCU's Gore highlight local draftee listConway High product and Coastal Carolina infielder Jordan Gore and [more]

Pelicans win first-half title, seventh straight playoffs

Pelicans win first-half title, seventh straight playoffsMyrtle Beach clinched the first half Southern Division championship with [more]

Adaptive surfers find clean waves, fun in final tune-up

Adaptive surfers find clean waves, fun in final tune-upLocal adaptive surfers spent their final practice day surfing the [more]

CCU's Cooke, Cunningham go in draft's top 10 rounds

CCU's Cooke, Cunningham go in draft's top 10 roundsCoastal Carolina centerfielder Billy Cooke and pitcher Alex Cunningham were [more]

Pelicans continue red-hot June with shutout of Keys

Pelicans continue red-hot June with shutout of Keys Adbert Alzolay's seven shutout innings Tuesday were backed by [more]

Johnson ready to defend U.S. Open championship

Johnson ready to defend U.S. Open championshipFormer Coastal Carolina standout and Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson [more]

Cubs' World Series victory meant the world to 'Hawk'

Cubs' World Series victory meant the world to 'Hawk'Andre Dawson may be a Hall of Famer and a [more]

Mutiny downs Dynamos, vaults into first-place tie

Mutiny downs Dynamos, vaults into first-place tieThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny defeated the Carolina Dynamos 4-3 on [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach