Tajh, Tigers Favored By Four

ODDSMAKERS LIKE CLEMSON IN “BACKYARD BRAWL” Clemson University’s football team has been demolished in each of its last three contests against its arch rival – the University of South Carolina.  The Gamecocks have outscored the Tigers 97-37 in those three games – while holding superstar quarterback Tajh Boyd to a…


Clemson University’s football team has been demolished in each of its last three contests against its arch rival – the University of South Carolina.  The Gamecocks have outscored the Tigers 97-37 in those three games – while holding superstar quarterback Tajh Boyd to a meager 83 yards passing in last year’s 34-13 blowout.

In two years since taking over as Clemson’s starter, Boyd has been held to fewer than 200 yards passing just one other time (this year’s game against Virginia Tech).  Can the No. 12 Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2 SEC) hold him in check again?

Odds makers don’t think so.  No. 11 Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC) is favored by four points in this weekend’s game in Death Valley.  That projected margin is just outside of the standard field goal advantage that’s awarded to home teams in evenly matched games.

Both teams are likely to view that point spread as a sign of “disrespect.”

Clemson’s offense has been on fire in recent weeks – racking up 205 points and 2,442 yards in its last four games.  Boyd has been leading the way during that stretch, throwing for eighteen touchdowns (and rushing for four more) over that stretch.

Only one other time have the Gamecocks and Tigers faced off with both schools enjoying such lofty national rankings.  In 1987, No. 12 South Carolina upset eighth-ranked Clemson at home by a score of 20-7.  Last year, Clemson entered the game ranked No. 18 while USC was ranked No. 14.

Believe it or not, South Carolina has actually beaten Clemson four times in a row once before – from 1951-54.  Clemson has pulled the four-peat on several occasions, most recently from 2002-05.  The Tigers still have ownership papers of the series, enjoying a 65-40-4 advantage.  In fact prior to USC’s recent three-peat, the Tigers had won ten of the previous 12 contents.

Our own John Loveday will have a detailed Carolina-Clemson breakdown later this week, while you can read a little bit more on the game’s key match-up by clicking here.

FITS’ founding editor Will Folks – who has made some excellent predictions this year – will be issuing his “#FITSPick” for the game shortly before kickoff, although we invite our readers to post their predictions in our comments section below.


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Moofy November 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

43 – 27

Sammy November 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Dumbo will not beat Carolina this year. Clowney will show Clemsux what having a DEFENSE is all about. Boyd will be crying because his stats will go down, way down.

The Grateful Cock November 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

Well, you got the 27 right at least! LOL! That’s all it took to crush the taters for the 4th year in a row! Can’t wait to make it 5 at WB!

Fitsmama November 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Farmers 42 Criminals 28.

Sammy November 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Yep you’re correct, Farmer Criminals 28 and Gamecocks 42.

CoolAireHeights November 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Clemson: 41; USC 28…. and h@ll yes, as a Gamecock, I hope I’m wrong and that Cocks pull it off…

Derek Dooley November 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I’d like to thank the USC defense for making me look like an offensive genius three weeks ago.

This ain’t the same team that beat Georgia. Clemson 44, Carolina 42.

shifty henry November 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Carolina – 23 .. Clemson – 17

It’s gonna’ be a tough day for both.

The tigers have new shoes, though, with “TGIF” on the back of each shoe……….. “toes go in first”

OhNoNotAgain November 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Nice pick. Pretty close.

Frank Howard November 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

My Tigers goin’ away…..45-24.

That Tajh Boyd is better than Jimmy Addison wuz and Buddy Gore was fast, but not Andre Ellington fast.

scsince60 November 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

There’s a lot more pressure on Clemson to not lose four in a row than there is on the Cocks to win four in a row. Sometimes you just feel like a team has your number.

Frank Howard November 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Yeah, boy. I know how you feel.


If my boys lose it will be the 3rd time in history that USC East has won 4 in a row. My Tigers have done it 7 times and have one 7 game streak too.

Funny how them streaks confuse people, specially when the streaker is forgetting he was the streakee for most of the series.

clemsux November 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

And out of all of those wins, how many does your current coach doodoo have? 1. I used to watch the history channel for my nostalgic fix. Now I just listen to people like you. Gamecocks will win 35-24.

Frank Howard November 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

There y’all go again sux, confusing the streaker with the streakee.

Frank Howard November 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

My bad sonny, 65-40-4. I wuz always a bit slower in Math than English, my Alabama major subject.

clemsux November 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm

oh the past is the past is the past. go back there old timer. you aint got nothing in this present or future.

Michelle NotBama November 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

63-17 was a great score. Weather feels the same now as it did back in 2003.

I’m a huge Clemson fan, and at the time for a USC student w/ student section seats.

USC students are horrible, one threw a glass bottle toward me and missed and hit a girl in the back of the head. She had to leave the game with paramedics.

This is a good USC team, as good as they’ve had in the last thirty years.

This is also a very good Clemson team. With a better defense this would be a solid top two or three nationally.

I think Clemson gets this one. My prediction is 45 USC 28.

clemsux November 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Clemson fans are just as bad. I had a group of kids break off one flag from my car, and kick the other side on a magnet when I drove past. No way Clemson wins. Dabo cant even come close to beating Spurrier. He is in his head and will choke.

Knott November 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Bet your house and take south Carolina and the 4 points.

Knott November 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Double post. Bet your house and your neighbors if you can, take Carolina and the 4. Clemson hasn’t played a quality defense all year long and the one quality opponent they played, FSU, exposed Clemson.

Clemson’s schedule is weak compared to South Carolina’s. Once Clemson starts getting hit by a legit SEC defense, they will fall apart.

Go to Title Max, anywhere to get the cash to put on the Gamecocks and the 4.

Judy Chop November 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Clemson 31 USC 28

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Clemaon 31 Sakerlina 24

Yeah….. I think Clemson’s offence is 24 points better than Wofford and our defence is at least as good as Wofford’s was.

Thomas November 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Boyd roll right all night long

Spurrier 4 Dabo 0

Thomas November 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

How do you get a Clemson Co-ed in an elevator?

Grease her hips and throw in a Hostess Twinkie!

clemsux November 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

While as a fellow Gamecock I like the prediction, but Dabo won 1 game so far. It will be 4-1. (Doodoo won with Bowden’s team). Watch out before CSYND and Frank Howard pull out the History channel recap from last night’s show to verify old stats again VS what’s actually happening now.

And as far as jokes, A Gamecock fan and a Tiger fan were walking down the road wearing their team’s respective shirts. The Tiger asked where the Gamecock how he got his shirt? The Gamecock replied “I got it because I went to USC”. The tiger then looked down at his shirt and said “Oh, I got mine form the bin at the Salvation Army”

Amazing November 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

70 to 10

Spurrier and coots gets humiliated on national tv in primetime! Dabo is gonna take him to the woodshed!

It’s gonna be Ugly, Ugly, Ugly!

clemsux November 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

In reality the only times Dabo has even seen to the woodshed, Spurrier took him there three times. (and West Virgina 70 times)

The Grateful Cock November 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

27 to 17

Dabo and taters get humiliated on national tv in primetime! Spurrier is gonna take him to the woodshed!

It’s gonna be Ugly, Ugly, Ugly!

LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! — That’s 4 LOLs for the last 4 years!

OhNoNotAgain November 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

How did that work out for you Amazing?

Amazing November 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm

70 to 28

I’ll spot you that much!;)

Fat White retired State Senator November 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

You boys come on by if you like. Me and Danny gonna just get naked and sit around the pool shed and watch the game. His old lady was gonna fry chicken and run the girls but she’s madder than a mule in a marching band so we gonna get some of them Hooters Wings and Danny’s gonna play bartender and fetch me drinks for the whole game.

Hell, I might even let him try on that skirt he’s taking with him on this upcoming “sybatical” he’s been crying about.

A real nice send-off, ya’ll join us.

Oh, yeah, Head-Ball-Coach advantage: USC +14

VoiceofReason November 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

Some thoughts:

This so called rivalry game means squat to anybody outside SC. Always has, always will.
SC fans seem to think the SEC got better when they joined. SEC has always been a top conference especially in football because with the exception of Vandy, they cater to athletes. Everyone knows that.

Athletes vs Student Athletes

Again, SC fans please clean up after yourselves, especially the liquor, wine and beer containers. We all know how much you like to drink. Hopefully since it will be a little chilly, the women will keep their tops on.

clemsux November 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

And yet your dumbass that has nothing invested in this game and don’t care about keeps popping your pathetic voice in here. Just go away already you low life piece of shit. You are by far the most pathetic person in the world.

Chad Morris November 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I hold the game plan in my hand. Just finshed watching the Florida and LSU games on film. Preparing for this game was like playing jeapardy with a retarded kid. Loenzo Ward sure is not Ellis Johnson.

Clowney will have minimal impact in this game. He’s undisciplined and one dimentional. He will have the opportunity to watch a lot of plays unfold behind him. Why do you think all the zone reads with Taj last week?

Ive been trying to add new layers every week but when your up 10 points in the first 3 minutes, game plans change.

We have installed what I like to call the “Coot Package”. This is plays that have never been seen before. you will get to see them all in the first series. Just a little razzle dazzle to leave the coots scratching their head. We have a bet amongst our coaches as to me being able to make Spurrier throw his visor in the first 5 minutes. I think I will win!

Coach Swinney has challenged me to put 70 on the board. Lofty goal and I will do my best. I told coach Venebles just hold the coots to less than 38 and I will handle the rest!

I have to agree with a earlier post….This is going to be Ugly!

scsince60 November 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Wheee! Score 62 points against NC State (that Hammond could give a run for it’s money) and can’t cover the spread. Nice work.

Chad Morris November 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

One more thing…..I want to put these rumors to rest right here, right now.

I am not leaving CU anytime soon. ESPN is reporting that I am on the “short list” for Spurriers job when he goes to “the beach” if I want it.

I have had no contact with USC and they have not asked Dabo to speak with me.

I would prefer to go to a program that is relevant nationaly, year in and year out. y’all aint it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

clemsux November 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I am sitting here reading all of this about some “rumors” you claim of you, Chad Morris, being asked to come to USC, and I just have to ask, who the f*ck is Chad Morris?

scsince60 November 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

The jew coach John Heisman must have developed the “coot” package before his inevitable migration to NYC. I think it evolved into the “cohen” package as he perfected his song and dance routine toward the end of his life. Well-to-do SC sharecroppers’ sons were mesmerized by the yiddish come-along tunes in the early part of the century and strangely committed to his gibberish. Charlie Pell”inski” was also a well known member of the tribe.

BigT November 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

The Whole Measure of Clemson’s Self-Worth is hanging on Saturday’s game…A loss: and their program is in a Million-little-pieces…

And when Morris jumps, they are left naked, and those little ACC wins will be meaningless….and Dabo is on the HOTTEST seat ever for the winner of 10…

Clemson is a VERY Fragile program right now…despite the Bravado and media hype…

And the clock is ticking toward a MAJOR meltdown…Hahahahaha…

Truth November 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

You’re thinking of Auburn. No comparison. Auburn doesn’t have a lake.

Jeffy01 November 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Way too many heisman candidates on Clempsun…Cocks don’t have a shot.

BigT November 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Good point…all those legends on Clemson, but only one football…just don’t seem fair….

VoiceofReason, November 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

I have to finally come clean. The whole reason I keep writing in here, even though I claim t have no feelings towards either Clemson or SC, and how I always say I don’t care or that it doesn’t matter outside of the state is because I am envious since I flunked out of ITT technical college. It makes me feel like I actually have accomplished something by putting other that are far and away in the real world better than I could ever dream to be. I really am a no one, and I have no friends either. I just come here to try to get to chat with better people than me. I am sorry for being such a bunghole and I hope you remember this every time post something. I am really saying I wish I were a better person than I really am.

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

BigT, is that you??

Have you finally found some meds that worked or did OBAMA’S epic landslide victory coupled with the upcoming CLEMSON beatdown of Sakerlina rudely jolt you into reality?

scsince60 November 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm

TBG, I like your indianredneckjew handle very much.

BigT November 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

If the TBG Idiot would have left out any reference to being any possible relation to an Anglo (IE: Bubba) he could get all the Affirmative Action Handouts like the leftwing Radical Elizabeth Warren in Mass. Who bragged her high cheekbones entitled her to a cornicopia of Freebies, incluiding a seat in the Peoples’ US Senate…

And TBG: I”ve been here since they media happily called it for your lord and false god Obama…

And I’ll be supporting my Congressman and Gov. the Roadblock Obama at every Attempt he pushes to Ruin our country even more…

And the ONLY chance Clemson has: IF SC fails to show up (see Fla.)…

If SC comes to play, they’ll kick ACC Clemson up and down the Field…

Jesse's Pontiac Ventura November 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Check out this video that Marty Simpson put together. Some of you may remember he was USC’s kicker in the early 90’s. He’s interviewing Clemson fans/students about whether USC has dominated Clemson in the last few years vs. whether Clemson fans can claim domination in the 109-year history of the series.

Hilarity ensues with “Clemson Math” being examined. There are also several more followup videos; just check the feed.

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw a spectacular gorgeous woman boarding the plane. He soon realized she was heading straight toward his seat. As if his prayers were answered, she took the seat right beside his.
Eager to strike up a conversation, he blurted out, “Business trip or vacation?”
She turned, smiled, and said, “Business. The Annual Sexual Education Convention in Chicago.”
He swallowed hard. Here was this most beautiful woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting for sex education! Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, “What’s your business role at this convention?”
“Lecturer,” she responded. “I use my experience to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.”
“Really,” he said. “What myths are those?”
“Well,” she explained. “One popular myth is that African American men are the most well endowed, when in fact it’s the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is that Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is the men of Jewish descent. We have, however, found that the best potential lover in all categories is the Southern Redneck.”
Suddenly, the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I really shouldn’t be discussing this with you. I don’t even know your name.”
“It’s Tonto,” the man said, “Tonto Goldstein, but my friends call me Bubba!”

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Copied and pasted the joke. When I tell it, it’s a nymphomaniacs convention.

shifty henry November 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

….. been around, but still one the best jokes ever

clemsux November 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm

hahahahahahahahahhahaha. told you taters.,, jim sweet suck on it!!! the rest kiss of you morons can my a$$. the “coots” own you and Doodoo

Jeffy01 November 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I bet cocks win


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