South Carolina Hosts 3rd-Ranked Clemson In Palmetto Bowl

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‘Cocks Look to Destroy CFP Hopes for Clemson

The fans at Williams-Brice Stadium will see the Palmetto Bowl, between the 3rd-ranked Clemson Tigers and the 24th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday night.

Both teams have qualified for bowl games. South Carolina sure would love to ruin Clemson’s national championship playoff dreams for 2017.

Oddsmakers have the Tigers as a 13.5-point favorite. The total is at 46.5.

Dabo Swinney won his first game as Clemson’s interim head coach against Boston College midway through the 2008 season. He was thinking only of the next game at that point in his career. Less than 10 years later he can earn his 100th career victory on Saturday night.

A victory against the Gamecocks would make him only the fourth coach to win 100 games in his first 10 years. Swinney would be joining a select group that includes Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer and Chris Peterson.

South Carolina Looks for Better in 2017 Palmetto Bowl

South Carolina lost last year’s game at Clemson. They lost it badly, 56-7. The Gamecocks were a 6-6 team under first-year coach Will Muschamp. This year the team has built a solid-team with an 8-3 record by winning five of its last six games.

The Gamecocks rely on a solid run defense to keep games close. They then hope that sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley can make some plays.

South Carolina is playing for an attractive bowl bid and and upsetting Clemson pads that resume.

Clemson Still has Swarming Defense

Clemson boasts a deep and talented defense. The squad ranks second nationally in sacks, third in scoring defense, sixth in tackles for loss. They are seventh in total defense.

The team has a diverse offense that again ranks among the best in the nation. This, despite losing quarterback Deshaun Watson and other offensive stars off last season’s national championship team.

Kelly Bryant makes the Tigers go from the QB position. The Junior is blessed with a ton of weapons. Wide receivers Deon Cain, Hunter Renfrow and Ray-Ray McCloud stretch the field. While big-play running backs Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster pound you in the middle.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
South Carolina8-37-3-125.3619.645.722-3-15-04-73-31-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point

Yards Per Pass


Yards Per Rush

Team Records

Clemson Tigers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf7-14-03-13-4-11-2-12-232.1317.6314.50
Last 33-02-01-02-12-00-143.3316.0027.33

South Carolina Gamecocks

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf5-33-12-26-1-12-1-14-024.5020.254.25
Last 32-12-00-12-11-11-023.0018.005.00

Palmetto Bowl Supergrid

Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense35.272519.6422
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense224.2562217.0072
Awy Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense195.0034118.3331
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense25.368913.914
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense235.8363296.25117
Hom Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense163.8381130.2523

Head To Head Summary

South Carolina5-57-34-624.60132.903.4231.9052.66219.00351.901.30

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 26, 2016S.CAROCLEM7-5611110721812403726121
Nov 28, 2015CLEMS.CARO37-3223627951531812214021
Nov 29, 2014S.CAROCLEM17-356327633912252664911
Nov 30, 2013CLEMS.CARO17-3112722535261401783180
Nov 24, 2012S.CAROCLEM27-1713431044411451833282
Nov 26, 2011CLEMS.CARO13-34708315312102104200
Nov 27, 2010S.CAROCLEM29-7952273220611902513
Nov 28, 2009CLEMS.CARO17-344821226032231653882
Nov 29, 2008S.CAROCLEM14-319221230441841993832
Nov 24, 2007CLEMS.CARO23-212142294431802843643

Palmetto Bowl Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Clemson Tigers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 18, 2017CITADL61-3W-45/18347966215561216-2H
Nov 11, 2017FLAST31-14W-16/44.5W/O227151378212082290H
Nov 4, 2017NCSU38-31W-10/51.5L/O224191415153338491-1A
Oct 28, 2017GATECH24-10W-14/51P/U221207428198322300H
Oct 13, 2017SYRACU24-27L-23.5/58L/U113204317162278440-1A

South Carolina Gamecocks

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 18, 2017WOFFOR31-10W-23/19519438915572227-3H
Nov 11, 2017FLA28-20W-4.5/40.5W/O220249469782233011H
Nov 4, 2017GEORGI10-24L23.5/45W/U432272702421964381A
Oct 28, 2017VANDY34-27W-7/43.5P/O212174386107333440-1H
Oct 14, 2017TENN15-9W2/45W/U1941293231201332530A

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