South Carolina vs Clemson
When: Saturday, November 24, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Stadium
At one point, the Gamecocks were the best team in the nation. They had just pummeled Georgia in a SEC showdown and were riding high. Two weeks later, they had two losses and were reeling from horrible turnovers that impacted the whole team.
Clemson played well for 40 minutes in their lone loss. At one point, they were dominating the Florida State defense before the Seminoles took control in the third quarter. Even with the one loss, Clemson is out of the running for a national title based on their ranking.
Both teams are battling for state supremacy and a possible BCS berth with a win. This is a battle of offense against defense, and there is speed all over the field on both sides. The stadium will be loud and crazy for the night game. Clemson is looking for respect in a national sense.
The Gamecocks were another team that showed promise offensively, but they didn’t move the ball as well as they wanted to. The loss of Marcus Lattimore is huge and they just don’t have the balanced attack needed to be the best team. The Gamecocks have quick receivers on the outside that are able to make plays with the ball in their hands. They may have to match the output of the Clemson receivers to stay in this game. South Carolina has to take advantage of Clemson’s defense.
The defense has to keep this game from becoming a track meet. They are going against one of the best tandems at the wide receiver position. The defensive line has to watch for misdirection and reverses by the Clemson offenses. Everybody on South Carolina is going to have to tackle in space. That’s the best way to control the Tigers offense.
The offense is so fun to watch when they are clicking. They have pros at the skill positions and a great offensive line. The line has to be at its best today against the Gamecocks front seven. They average over 500 yards of offense and have scored at least 38 points in every game since the Florida State loss. Andre Ellington will be looking to go over the 1000 yard mark during the game. If he is able to have running room, there’s a good chance that the passing game is working as well.
The defense has given up a lot of yards and they struggled last week against North Carolina State. They need to play much better against South Carolina. The more possessions in the game, the better it is for Clemson to stay fresh. They better stop the run and force passing situations on Saturday. They’ll need turnovers too. That’s the best way to South Carolina to play from behind.
If there are a lot of possessions in the game, then Clemson will win this game handily. South Carolina needs long drives to shorten the game. Special teams will also play a huge factor in this game. Tajh Boyd will be looking for his Heisman moment in this game. A win would put him in the short list. This game will be close barring a five turnover game by either team.
South Carolina 31