South Carolina-Clemson is one of best rivalry games in college football. Despite playing in different conferences, the two teams and programs hate each other with a passion, and it is the most important game on each’s schedule every season.
This coming Saturday’s game is a big one — both teams are currently ranked in the Top-10 of the BCS standings. Despite that, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier believes that the game isn’t receiving enough national attention from those “media boys.” His rationale? The game doesn’t have a nickname:
Spurrier “All the national media boys, they’re talking about Alabama and Auburn. We need to find a name for our game.”
— Matt Connolly (@MattConnollySHJ) November 26, 2013
Spurrier searches for a name for USC-Clemson rivalry: ‘Maybe we can find a name for it and get the national guys to come look at it.’
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) November 26, 2013
I don’t think the lack of a nickname (it is occasionally recognized as the Palmetto Bowl, but the name hasn’t really stuck) is hurting the game’s ratings — after all, this year’s Iron Bowl features two teams with a shot at making the national championship. That being said, it would be cool for the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry to claim a new nickname, like a number of other great rivalries across the country. Regardless, nickname or no nickname, this matchup should be a fantastic one on Saturday — I think a few national media eyes will be tuning in.