Clemson is the defending national runner-up and is one of the favorites on NCAA football odds to win this year’s College Football Playoff behind Heisman Trophy candidate and QB Deshaun Watson. South Carolina looks to be in a rebuilding stage. Could the Gamecocks actually end the Tigers’ title hopes with an upset in the regular-season finale for both this year?
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Clemson was a big favorite over South Carolina last year but won just 37-32 to stay unbeaten ahead of the ACC title game. Watson was responsible for four of Clemson’s five touchdowns as he rushed for three scores and threw for one more. Fellow sophomore Wayne Gallman added 102 yards on the ground and freshman Deon Cain caught five passes for 96 yards and a 55-yard touchdown. Watson led the offense to scoring drives on its first two possessions of the second half as Clemson claimed a 28-10 lead.
The Tigers fumbled three times as their 18-point lead was cut to 28-25 with 12:19 left on Shon Carson’s 1-yard touchdown run and Lorenzo Nunez’s 2-point conversion. Watson, though, followed that series with a 60-yard scoring drive that he ended with a 3-yard burst around the left side. The Tiger defense then forced its fourth three-and- out of the day, and Clemson held the ball for 4:38 on the ensuing possession. Clemson tacked on a late field goal and South Carolina scored a touchdown with one second remaining.
It was Clemson’s 50th all-time victory over South Carolina in Columbia. That includes a 31-20- 2 mark in games played in Williams-Brice Stadium. Clemson has a 50-32- 3 lead in the series in games played in Columbia and a 67-42- 4 lead overall. Clemson ended a three-game losing streak in Columbia with the victory. Clemson had not won in Columbia since a 23-21 victory in 2007.
Why Bet Clemson?
It’s a way better team and Watson is the most electric player in the country. Clemson placed a program- record 10 players on the All-ACC team announced Wednesday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association yet that didn’t include Gallman, who set a school single-season rushing record with 1,527 yards. Clemson did place six offensive players on the team, led by Watson, who accounted for more than 5,200 yards last season.
Watson was joined on the All-ACC offense by junior receiver Artavis Scott; senior tight end Jordan Leggett, a Mackey Award finalist last season; sophomore offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt; junior offensive guard Tyrone Crowder; and redshirt senior center Jay Guillermo. On defense, Clemson was represented by redshirt senior tackle Carlos Watkins, senior linebacker Ben Boulware and senior cornerback Cordrea Tankersley as well as redshirt sophomore kicker Greg Huegel. That’s a talented team.
Why Bet South Carolina?
I see no way the Gamecocks win this game but I suppose they could cover if Clemson is looking ahead to the ACC title game. And perhaps new head coach Will Muschamp will bring a new dynamic to the rivalry. Muschamp most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Auburn in 2015, his third stint as an SEC defensive coordinator. He also held that title with Auburn from 2006-07 and at LSU from 2002-04. In his six seasons as an SEC defensive coordinator, Muschamp’s units ranked among the nation’s Top-10 in total defense and in scoring defense five times.
Regarded as an outstanding defensive mind, Muschamp is a 21-year coaching veteran, including 13 years in the Southeastern Conference. He has previous head coaching experience, posting a 28-21 record (.571) at Florida from 2011-14. He led the Gators to three bowl games in his four seasons in Gainesville and was recognized as the SEC Coach of the Year in 2012 after guiding Florida to an 11-2 record and a Top-10 finish.
USC adds Jamarcus King, the No. 1 junior college recruit in his class and he arrives at South Carolina’s position of most need. A year ago, USC’s defense had to play back, ceding short – and intermediate – gains trying to prevent long ones. King comes in as the best option to get in a receiver’s face and flip the dynamic. Should live up to potential, he’ll produce a ripple effect on the depth chart in the secondary, strengthening the position overall.
Who starts at QB? Jake Bentley is expected to compete with fellow freshman Brandon McIlwain and senior Perry Orth to start under center when the Gamecocks open the season Sept. 1 at Vanderbilt.
My Free Pick
Clemson should roll in NCAA online betting.