“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.