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Carolina Clemson “Record-Keeping”

“THROW OUT THE RECORD BOOKS?”  By FITSNEWS || You’ve heard the expression “throw out the record books?” Well don’t … at least not as it relates to the Carolina-Clemson football rivalry. Since 1981 the team entering the game with the best record has gone 19-9-1.  And if you’re wondering why…

“THROW OUT THE RECORD BOOKS?” 

By FITSNEWS || You’ve heard the expression “throw out the record books?” Well don’t … at least not as it relates to the Carolina-Clemson football rivalry.

Since 1981 the team entering the game with the best record has gone 19-9-1.  And if you’re wondering why those numbers don’t quite add up, bear in mind that on four occasions over that 33-year time frame the teams have entered the game with identical records (most recently in 2011).

Recent history has seen a reverse of the trend, though.  In the last nine meetings, the team with the better record has actually lost seven times – including last year’s 31-17 Gamecock victory.

In 111 previous meetings, Clemson has entered the South Carolina game with a better record 61 times – posting a 40-18-3 mark in those games.  The Gamecocks have entered the game with a better record 40 times – and are 21-18-1 in those games.  Clemson enjoys a 6-3 advantage in those games in which both teams enter with the same record.

Overall, Clemson enjoys a 65-42-4 series lead.

For those of you keeping score at home, Clemson enters this year’s tilt with an 8-3 mark, while the Gamecocks are 6-5.  Both teams have lost a step after posting double digit wins over their last three seasons – and Top Ten finishes in each of the last two years.

FITS referred to this series as a “Rivalry in Name Only” five years ago – when Clemson had won ten of twelve games.  Since then, though, the Gamecocks have reeled off five straight wins – their longest streak ever against the Tigers.

First played in 1896, the Gamecocks and Tigers have met every year since 1909 – making this the third-longest uninterrupted rivalry in the nation (and the longest in the South).

Clemson enters this year’s game as a 4.5-point favorite at home … where it has lost two in a row to the Gamecocks.  Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday.  ESPN will televise the game nationally, with Steve Levy, Kelly Stouffer and Dawn Davenport providing coverage.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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13 comments

Toyota Kawaski November 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

and the longest in the South). Wrong Dumbass Fits 1892 for the Clempson of Alabama vs UGAy.

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Devil in the Details November 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

Key Word:

Uninterupted

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AsianSuperfly November 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

reading comprehension fail.

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Ford Dodge November 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

Nice try.

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Toyota Kawaski November 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I stand corrected we have only missed 2 games in the 1900’s were as UGAy and Scam Newtons University took time off for WW1&2. That being said i still think your a Dumbass Fits.

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I'll have a 6-pack please November 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

Interesting stats. Saturday we get to see Dabo cry.

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E Norma Scok November 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

Or Spurrier retire.

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oldcock November 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I think there may be just a little bit more pressure on Dabs.

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E norma Scok November 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Don;t feel so special.

That dude has like an $24 million buyout; he can lose to everyone for years in a row and not worry about it.

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Crooner November 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for the reminder that 1981 was 33 years ago. Ouch.

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GrandTango November 26, 2014 at 6:53 am

This is so boring…On SCPSD…We ask: Why is THE CHANT of 2004 (We Want Spurrier) never rehashed never referenced by the Dumb@$$ media…like FITS???

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E Norma Scok November 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

On FITS the posters chant “why does Tango keep advertising his crap here?”

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VoiceofReason November 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Gamecock fans please behave this weekend while in Clemson. Remember you will be on the campus of a Top 20 Public University which I know is foreign to you. Enjoy!

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