South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Clemson Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/30/13
Clemson Tigers (10-1) at South Carolina Gamecocks (9-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Williams-Brice Stadium)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds
The No.7 Clemson Tigers play the No.11 South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday in the Battle of the Palmetto State.
Clemson improved to 10-1 overall, 7-1 ACC, after blowing out the Citadel 52-6 last weekend. Clemson has won four straight games since getting dominated at home by Florida State. The Tigers rank 10th in points scored this season, 42.3 per game, and 18th in points allowed at 20.2 per game. QB Tajh Boyd has thrown for 3,248 yards and 29 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions this season. Boyd is completing 67.3% of his passes and if it wasn’t for the Florida State game he would be a front runner for the Heisman Trophy this season. Boyd’s main target is WR Sammy Watkins, who has a team-high 78 catches for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns. Watkins is an elite receiver that will make some NFL team very happy in the next two years. On the other side, WR Martavis Bryant has become a great player who has produced 38 catches for 782 yards and 5 touchdowns. The rushing attack has improved this year for the Tigers, led by RB Roderick McDowell who has carried the ball 163 times for 845 yards and 4 touchdowns for Clemson this season. The defense has had their share of problems against the elite teams this year, Georgia who scored 35, Florida State who scored 51, and Georgia Tech who scored 31 points two weeks ago. The Tigers defense will have to make some big plays in order for Clemson to earn a victory against South Carolina this weekend.
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South Carolina improved to 9-2 overall, 6-2 SEC, after beating up on Coastal Carolina 70-10 at home last weekend. The Gamecocks rank 33rd in points scored this season, averaging over 34 points per contest. On the other side, South Carolina ranks 20th in points allowed, giving up just over 20 points per game this year. South Carolina has only allowed two teams to score over 20 points in their last six games and only two teams have scored over 20 points at South Carolina this year. The offense is led by senior QB Connor Shaw, who has thrown for 1,983 yards with 20 touchdowns and 1 interception this season. Shaw has improved his play as the season progressed and he can also run the ball when he needs to. Shaw’s main target is junior WR Bruce Ellington, who has 39 catches for 584 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. WR Damiere Byrd has chipped in with 30 catches for 549 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Gamecocks. Sophomore RB Mike Davis has carried the load out of the backfield, rushing for 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. South Carolina will be fired up for their season finale at home; the Gamecocks are a perfect 6-0 at home this season.
The Gamecocks have won the last four meetings between these two teams, including a 10 point win at Clemson last year. South Carolina has won by an average of 19.5 points at home this season, but has not faced as good a team as Clemson at home this year. Having said that, Clemson has struggled against tough, physical teams this year and that is exactly what South Carolina likes to do. The Gamecocks should be able to take advantage of their size up front on both sides of the ball, just like Florida State did a month ago. I think Clemson is a good team, but they are not on the same level as the Gamecocks this season. South Carolina wins this game by 10 points.