Clemson and South Carolina first met on the gridiron back in 1896. And although they’ve hooked up another 110 times since, the annual contest, one of the most hotly contested rivalry games in the country, had never been given an official name. That changed Wednesday.
Both schools have announced that the game will officially be referred to as the “Palmetto Bowl” moving forward. It had loosely been referred to as such for a while, along with “The Battle of the Palmetto State.” The Sabal Palmetto, for the record, is the state’s official tree.
The schools also announced that both a trophy and a logo will be unveiled before the 2015 edition.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 26, 2014
— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) November 26, 2014
The Tigers lead the rivalry 65-42-4 all time, but the Gamecocks have won the last five in a row. They kick off at Noon EST this Saturday.