No. 23 Clemson will try to extend its four-game winning streak when it travels to rival South Carolina on Saturday night. The Tigers have recovered from a disappointing start and can secure a better bowl game if they can improve to 9-3. South Carolina clinched bowl eligibility with its upset win over Auburn last week.
Clemson without Ross for the remainder of seasonClemson has once again cracked the top 25 following a four-game winning streak. The Tigers suffered losses to top-ranked Georgia, North Carolina State and No. 23 Pittsburgh in the first half of the season. They have responded with wins over Florida State, Louisville, UConn and No. 10 Wake Forest. Their win over the Demon Deacons came in blowout fashion as 4.5-point favorites in what was certainly their best performance of the season. They are still alive for a spot in the ACC title game, but they need Wake Forest to lose to Boston College earlier in the day on Saturday.
The Tigers have not been a strong offensive team, ranked No. 95 in yards per game (362.7). Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has completed just 55.1% of his passes for 1,960 yards and nine touchdowns, throwing eight interceptions as well. His top target, wide receiver Justyn Ross, is out for the season due to a foot injury. Wide receiver Joseph Ngata is second on the team with 23 receptions for 438 yards. Running back Will Shipley has rushed 112 times for 550 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He is going to face a South Carolina defense that is No. 48, allowing 357.1 yards per game.
Gamecocks coming off upset winSouth Carolina has had an up-and-down season under first-year head coach Shane Beamer. The Gamecocks have been blown out by Georgia, Tennessee and Texas A&M, but they have also picked up wins over Florida and Auburn. They were 7-point underdogs in the upset win over Auburn last week. South Carolina clinched bowl eligibility with that victory, but a win over Clemson would certainly improve their resume. The Gamecocks have struggled offensively this season, ranked No. 111 with 330.7 yards per game. They are going to face a Clemson defense that ranks No. 15 in college football, allowing 317.7 yards per contest.
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Senior quarterback Jason Brown has been the starting quarterback during the last three games. Luke Doty was the starter earlier in the year, but he is out for the season with a foot injury. Brown has completed 58.4% of his passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns. He completed 10 of 15 attempts for 157 yards and three touchdowns in a very efficient outing against Auburn last week. Running back Zaquandre White has rushed 81 times for 561 yards and two touchdowns, while Kevin Harris has added 113 attempts for 465 yards and three scores.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Clemson was probably the most overrated team in the college football betting market early in the season, but it seems to have found a nice spot late in the year. The Tigers are on a four-game winning streak and are coming off a blowout win over Wake Forest last week. They have dominated South Carolina in recent seasons and are going to have a big advantage on defense. South Carolina is on its third quarterback of the year, which is finally going to catch up to them in this rivalry game.
Full-Game Total Pick
These teams tend to play low-scoring games, as seven of the last 10 head-to-head meetings have gone under the total. Clemson has one of the best defenses in college football, but its offense has really struggled. South Carolina is playing its backup quarterback, which means most of the attack goes through the running backs. The Gamecocks have gone under in five of their last six home games. Both defenses are going to be fired up for a rivalry game, so I like the under on Saturday night.