Tigers get Orange Bowl bid; Gamecocks return to Disney

usc-clemlogosClemson may have gotten the last laugh against rival South Carolina following Sunday’s college bowl selections.

The Tigers (10-2), who suffered their fifth straight loss to the Gamecocks, were picked to go to their second BCS bowl game in three years when they face Ohio State (12-1) in the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl in Miami.

South Carolina (10-2), meanwhile, will be playing in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando for the second time in the past three years. The Gamecocks will take on Wisconsin (9-3) on New Year’s Day.

The Gamecocks defeated Clemson 31-17 on Dec. 1 and finished ahead of the Tigers in the final BCS standings. South Carolina was ranked eighth while Clemson finished 12th. But because the SEC already had two teams playing in BCS bowls – Auburn in the title game and Alabama in the Sugar – Clemson got the edge in the pecking order.

“Going to a major bowl, a BCS bowl I guess there’s some status in it,” USC coach Steve Spurrier said. “We’ve beaten two teams that are going to BCS bowls [Clemson and UCF] but they’ve earned it and they deserve to go and that’s just the way our system works.”

The Gamecocks defeated Nebraska 30-13 in the 2012 Capital One Bowl, while the Tigers were embarrassed in a 70-33 defeat to West Virginia in the 2012 Orange Bowl. This time Clemson will face an angry Ohio State team that missed out on a trip to the BCS Championship Game with a loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.

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