Clemson (6-4) at No. 19 South Carolina (7-3), 7:00 pm EST
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- No. 19 South Carolina hopes
Steve Spurrier will make the difference in its rivalry with
Clemson when the Palmetto State foes meet Saturday at
Williams-Brice Stadium in the regular-season finale for both
The Gamecocks have lost three in a row and seven of eight to the
Tigers, but this time they have Spurrier, who has done a
remarkable job in his first season in Columbia.
South Carolina (7-3) lost its first three Southeastern
Conference games but won its final five, including a 30-22
triumph over then-No. 12 Florida - Spurrier's former team - last
Mike Davis and Daccus Turman each ran for a pair of touchdowns
for the Gamecocks, who had not beaten the Gators since 1939.
South Carolina has not won six straight games in the same season
since the first six contests of their 1988 campaign, but it
could accomplish the feat with a win here.
Clemson (6-4) has won four of its last five games to become bowl
Last week, the Tigers routed then-No. 17 Florida State, 35-14,
in the "Bowden Bowl" matchup between Clemson coach Tommy Bowden
and his father, Seminoles legend Bobby Bowden.
Clemson held Florida State without an offensive touchdown for
the first time in the history of the series.
Tigers signal-caller Charlie Whitehurst will try to become the
first quarterback in the history of the series to lead his team
to four wins over the other.
"Clemson is a very good team that has lost some close ones,"
Spurrier said. "They clobbered FSU last week. I see them sort
of similar to Georgia and Auburn, athlete-wise. They are a very
fast team, a well-coached team, and we need to really play
well. Hopefully, the good breaks and the good bounces will
continue. It's going to be one of the best teams we play this
year, no question about it."
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