Saturday, November 24, 2007

Palmetto State Battle: Clemson South Carolina

South Carolina vs Clemson 7:00 ESPN2
Line: Clem -3, 53.5
Clemson leads 63-37-4

So Clemson wet the bed last week and they are out of the ACC title race. They can still stick it to their in state rival South Carolina who has lost 4 games in a row after being ranked as high as #6. Clemson has won 14 of the last 19 games and 8 of the last 10. They have also won 8 of the last 9 meetings in Columbia.

QB Cullen Harper is tops in the ACC in passing efficiency and ranks 6th in the nation. The junior has 26 TD passes, a Clemson season record. Those kind of stats were needed this year because the Tigers have not been able to run the ball nearly as well as last year with James Davis and CJ Spiller. If they can get those guys going, it could be a long night for a swiss cheese South Carolina run D.

South Carolina scored the final 17 points last year to win at Death Valley 31-28. Clemson missed a very close field goal at the end that would have sent the game to overtime. It looked like the Gamecocks would be coming into this one as favorite until Steve Spurrier started messing with the QB situation. Then came the last second loss to Tennessee, Darren McFadden , more McFadden, some Tim Tebow, and now the Cocks are fighting for a bowl. South Carolina is horrible against the run allowing 209 ypg. Turnovers have also been a sore spot for the Gamecocks while the Tigers are nearly +1 per game. Both teams are stellar against the pass ranking in the top 10. However, South Carolina will be without their top DB Captain Munnerlyn.

For South Carolina to win, they need to feed off the home crowd early and hope Clemson is still sulking over last week. Blake Mitchell needs to be on cue with his receivers as Spurrier will have good enough schemes to win the game. If Clemson jumps out, they will have to play all 60 minutes because did last week.

Clemson 31 South Carolina 27
Clemson Wins, Covers, Over

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