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South Carolina at Clemson
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 24, 2018
Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina

Second-ranked Clemson will try to put a cap on a perfect regular season - and move one step closer to a berth in the College Football Playoff - when it vies for a fifth consecutive win over visiting South Carolina on Saturday. The Tigers haven’t won five straight against the rival Gamecocks since putting together a seven-game streak from 1934-40.



The Tigers haven’t just been beating teams - they’ve been hammering them, winning six consecutive games by at least 20 points to match the longest such streak in program history. That’s quite the opposite of the Gamecocks’ recent stretch - prior to last week's 49-9 win over Chattanooga, they had five straight games decided by four points or fewer, which makes Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wary. "South Carolina, they’re 6-4, but man they had two really, really close losses that could have gone the other way and they’re sitting here at 8-2,” Swinney told reporters. “I think that’s who they are, a team that’s capable of playing with everybody they play with.” Clemson has won 14 straight at home, a streak that began with a 56-7 drubbing of the Gamecocks in 2016.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Clemson -26.5



ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (6-4): The Gamecocks’ deep passing game has rounded into form lately, as Jake Bentley has a completed a pass of 50 or more yards in each of the last four contests, with a total of six over that span. They probably will need the passing game to have a big day against Clemson's dominant run defense, especially with leading rusher Rico Dowdle still slowed by an ankle injury. South Carolina’s defense has struggled to stop the run, allowing more than 230 yards on the ground four times this season - including 367 at Florida.

ABOUT CLEMSON (11-0): The Tigers are one of two teams in the nation that ranks in the top 10 in both total offense (eighth) and total defense (second). The offense can hurt opponents multiple ways with freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has passed for 2,095 yards with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions, and running back Travis Etienne, who tied the school record with his 17th rushing TD of the season last week. Clemson’s defense has not allowed a touchdown in eight quarters and has given up more than 312 total yards only once all season.



EXTRA POINTS

1. Clemson has won nine straight games in November.

2. The Tigers have scored at least 27 points in a school-record 12 consecutive contests and held seven straight opponents to 20 points or fewer.

3. South Carolina has dropped nine straight games against ranked opponents since beating Tennessee in 2016.



PREDICTION: Clemson 37, South Carolina 20


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
South Carolina 6-4 W1 32.8 26.7 4-2 2-2 5-4 0-0 4-4
Clemson 11-0 W11 44.7 12.1 6-0 5-0 9-0 0-0 8-0
Last Meeting
South Carolina Clemson
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/25/17 CLEM 34 SOCAR 10 207 81 126 469 184 285
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
South Carolina J. Bentley 55.2 126 1 2
Clemson K. Bryant 67.6 272 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
South Carolina T. Williams 13 53 4.1 0
Clemson T. Etienne 9 41 4.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
South Carolina B. Edwards 6 70 11.7 1
Clemson T. Higgins 3 84 28.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
South Carolina B. Edwards 1
Clemson H. Renfrow 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
South Carolina J. Bentley 65.1 2244 19 9
Clemson T. Lawrence 64.8 2095 21 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
South Carolina R. Dowdle 100 503 5.0 4
Clemson T. Etienne 136 1158 8.5 17
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
South Carolina B. Edwards 42 659 15.7 6
Clemson T. Higgins 43 624 14.5 7
Touchdowns Player TD
South Carolina D. Samuel 7
Clemson T. Etienne 18
Quickchart Matchup
South Carolina South Carolina Off vs  Clemson Clemson Def
South Carolina 430.5 yards
Clemson 262 yards
South Carolina 4.7 yards/rush
Clemson 2.3 yards/rush
South Carolina 8 yards/attempt
Clemson 6 yards/attempt
Clemson Clemson Off vs  South Carolina South Carolina Def
Clemson 521.5 yards
South Carolina 413 yards
Clemson 6.7 yards/rush
South Carolina 4.6 yards/rush
Clemson 8 yards/attempt
South Carolina 7 yards/attempt