Clemson vs. South Carolina: Game Preview With TV Schedule

By Connor Muldowney

With no ACC title possible for the Clemson Tigers, they will be playing strictly for record-strengthening as well as a chance to play for a BCS bowl. After losing in blowout fashion to the Florida State Seminoles earlier in the season, the Tigers have rebounded to win the remainder of their games through week 13.

Playing for a chance to compete for an SEC title will be on the minds of the South Carolina Gamecocks in week 14 as they will also be hoping for a Missouri Tigers loss. If South Carolina wins, they will be heading to the title game with hopes to also make a BCS bowl game.

Clemson is led by Heisman-hopeful quarterback Tajh Boyd who has led the team to a 10-1 record on the season behind his strong arm. Boyd has passed for 3,248 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season while connecting with his favorite target, Sammy Watkins, more often than not. Boyd has connected with Watkins 78 times for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns as he is one of the top wide outs in the nation. Roderick McDowell leads the run game with 845 yards and four touchdowns.

South Carolina has come on strong as of late, winning four consecutive games as well as one huge game against Missouri four weeks ago. Connor Shaw has been a great leader for this team in 2013, passing for 1,983 yards and 20 touchdowns even though he hasn’t been completely healthy. He has proved to be one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC. Mike Davis leads the 25th-ranked rushing attack with some impressive numbers of his own. Davis has 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry.

Defensively, the Gamecocks have been solid in 2013. South Carolina ranks 20th in the nation in points allowed per game while ranking 19th in total yards allowed per game. Clemson ranks 18th in points allowed per game this season while also ranking 45th in yards allowed.

Clemson will travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 30. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.

PREDICTION: Clemson 27, South Carolina 31

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