Palmetto vs. Peach State rivalries favor Tigers, Gamecocks

The Savannah River serves as the 50-yard line for a pair of Palmetto vs. Peach State rivalries on Saturday.

Clemson welcomes the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech for a 3:30 ACC showdown, followed by the main event – No. 5 Georgia at No. 6 South Carolina.

Both rivalries began back in the late 1800s, both Georgia teams hold big series leads over their SC counterpartsand both will go a long way toward determining their postseason fates.

For the undefeated Gamecocks and Bulldogs, the winner will assume control of the SEC Eastern Division and out themselves in position to play in the SEC championship game.

For the Tigers, beating the Yellow Jackets would help them stay on the heels of first-place Florida State in case the Seminoles slip up along the way.

Although all four teams have bigger rivals, there’s something special about this doubleheader. They battle each other year round in the same recruiting territory as both matchups are separated by only a couple of hours. Or maybe it’s the fact that S.C. actually produces more (and better tasting) peaches than Georgia.

Regardless of the reason, South Carolinians and Georgians will be treated to about eight straight hours of hard-fought football on Saturday, and the Sandlappers will be the ones celebrating at the end of the night.

Georgia Tech is coming off a loss to Middle Tennessee State, and Clemson’s offense is firing on all cylinders with the return of the running back Sammy Watkins. … Clemson 45, Georgia Tech 27.

The Gamecocks are looking for their first three-game winning streak over the Bulldogs in school history, and former Florida star and coach Steve Spurrier and Georgia native and quarterback Connor Shaw have the proper motivation. … South Carolina 34, Georgia 31.

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