Saturday’s Palmetto Bowl features polar opposites

clemfoot-13Talk about two teams heading in opposite directions, Saturday’s annual Clemson-South Carolina football clash will feature two rivals about as far apart as anytime during its 112 meetings.

No. 1-ranked Clemson looks to conclude its first perfect regular season since 1981 on Saturday in Columbia, while the Gamecocks (3-8) are having their worst season since the winless 1999 campaign.

With a 33-13 win over Wake Forest last week, the Tigers (11-0) own the nation’s longest active winning streak at 14 games, dating back to last season. South Carolina is coming off a 23-22 to The Citadel.

Clemson is a couple of wins away – today and next week’s ACC Championship Game – from playing for the national championship. South Carolina’s only postseason game is the search for a new coach to replace Steve Spurrier.

The Palmetto Bowl always features two spirited teams, but never have spirits been this high in Tigertown and this low in Columbia, where the game will kick off at noon Saturday. This one could get ugly, or it could erase a season of agony for the Gamecocks if they could spoil their rivals postseason plans.

While we always hear the phrase, “You can throw out the record  books when these two teams get together,” the team with the better record usually comes away with the victory in this series. The team entering the game with the better overall
record has a 20-9-1 record in the series since 1981.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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