[7:35 PM] South Carolina @ #4 Clemson

What will be the GAME RESULT?

#4 Clemson: Wins By 25+ Points

Any Other Result


The line for this game is Clemson by 26 Points.

The cliche says you can throw out the records when it comes time for rivalry games, but South Carolina would like to go a step further and toss out host Clemson’s playoff hopes when the Palmetto State rivals clash on Saturday. The third-ranked Tigers aim for their third straight victory over the Gamecocks as they try to move a step closer to punching their ticket to the four-team College Football Playoff.

The Gamecocks have made huge strides defensively in coach Will Muschamp’s first year and are especially tough against the pass. The offense has turned around since freshmen Jake Bentley and Rico Dowdle moved into the starting lineup, and the latter racked up 226 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in last week’s 44-31 win over Western Carolina. Bentley has not thrown a touchdown pass in the last two games, but he has six scoring tosses and just one interception in five contests since taking over as signal-caller.

After a sluggish start to the season, the Tigers’ offense has topped 450 total yards in seven straight games. Quarterback Deshaun Watson is dangerous running or passing, and Wayne Gallman broke out of a prolonged slump with 161 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in last week’s 35-13 win at Wake Forest. Clemson ranks among the nation’s best in numerous defensive categories but has shown a weakness against strong running teams, although it was dominant in holding Wake Forest to 197 total yards a week ago.

Watson needs two touchdowns to join Tajh Boyd as the only players in Clemson history to account for 100 touchdowns – passing, rushing or receiving.

Clemson has not won three straight in the series since 2002-05.

South Carolina has forced three or more turnovers in four of its last five games and is tied for sixth in the nation with 24 takeaways.


StreakSmarts Pick: Any Other Result

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick