8. South Carolina
The state of South Carolina is home to two major college football programs in the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers, and these programs mean everything to the state’s residents. South Carolina does not have any major professional sports, unlike its neighbor to the north, to take time away from college football, so the Gamecocks and Tigers reign supreme. Clemson’s Death Valley is often considered one of the loudest atmospheres in all of college football, and USC head coach Steve Spurrier is as much an icon of the last 20 years of college football as anybody.
Underneath the passion for each one of these programs boils a heated college football rivalry that dates back to the 1880s, only adding to the history these programs hold in this state. Separated by just 132 miles, and representing different conferences, this ranks near the top of in-state rivalries. Passion for college football is not hard to find once you’ve crossed state lines into South Carolina, but you better choose wisely between these two premier programs.