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Saturday, Nov. 26, the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Clemson Tigers. The game, to be played at Memorial Stadium, is slated for a 7:30 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our South Carolina vs. Clemson preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Clemson wins the matchup between the two teams 96.4% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Tigers favored as well.
Spread: Clemson -24.5
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
South Carolina vs. Clemson preview:
South Carolina (6-5) is coming off of a 44-31 win over Western Carolina and is winners of four of its last five games played. Clemson (10-1) beat Wake Forest on the road last week 35-13 following its 43-42 loss to Pitt the week prior.
Clemson put up 456 yards of offense against Wake Forest while holding the Deamon Deacons to just 197 yards on the night. Deshaun Watson went 23-for-33 through the air for 202 yards and a score while also rushing for two touchdowns. Wayne Gallman led the Tigers in rushing with 161 yards.
South Carolina managed 588 yards against Western Carolina but the defense struggled a bit allowing 367 yards to the Catamounts. Carolina's damage came on the ground as it rushed for 422 yards on the day. Rico Dowdle had a monster game with 226 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries for an average of 10.8 yards per carry.
Clemson beat South Carolina last season by a score of 37-32.
South Carolina vs. Clemson Prediction:
South Carolina has quietly put together a good season highlighted by a win over Tennessee, but the Tigers will be far too much for the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Clemson's potent offense and highly touted defense will cause fits on a rather young South Carolina team in a hostile environment at Death Valley. Watson and the Tigers should have no problem against the Gamecocks this weekend.
Clemson 38, South Carolina 13