SEC Football Preview: Clemson at South Carolina

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Clemson faces South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Clemson

4-Sep at Duke L 7 – 28
9-Sep vs. Charleston Southern W 66 – 17
16-Sep vs. Florida Atlantic W 48 – 14
23-Sep vs. Florida State L 24 – 31
30-Sep at Syracuse W 31 – 14
7-Oct vs. Wake Forest W 17 – 12
21-Oct at Miami (FL) L 20 – 28
28-Oct at North Carolina State L 17 – 24
4-Nov vs. Notre Dame W 31 – 23
11-Nov vs. Georgia Tech W 42 – 21
18-Nov vs. North Carolina W 31 – 20
25-Nov at South Carolina

South Carolina

2-Sep vs. North Carolina* L 17 – 31
9-Sep vs. Furman W 47 – 21
16-Sep at Georgia L 14 – 24
23-Sep vs. Mississippi State W 37 – 30
30-Sep at Tennessee L 20 – 41
14-Oct vs. Florida L 39 – 41
21-Oct at Missouri L 12 – 34
28-Oct at Texas A&M L 17 – 30
4-Nov vs. Jacksonville State W 38 – 28
11-Nov vs. Vanderbilt W 47 – 6
18-Nov vs. Kentucky W 17 – 14
25-Nov vs. Clemson

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Clemson South Carolina
ESPN FPI 18 37
Sagarin 18 41
Massey Composite 24 51
PiRate Ratings 19 36

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Clemson
South Carolina
56
101
6
11
0.410
0.354
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Clemson
South Carolina
26
100
4
11
0.331
0.428
4th Down Conversion Pct Clemson
South Carolina
77
116
8
11
0.480
0.350
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Clemson
South Carolina
35
107
4
12
0.421
0.609
Blocked Kicks South Carolina 2 1 4
Blocked Kicks Allowed South Carolina
Clemson
1
110
1
13
0
3
Blocked Punts South Carolina 2 1 2
Blocked Punts Allowed Clemson
South Carolina
1
1
1
1
0
0
Completion Percentage South Carolina
Clemson
8
47
3
5
0.703
0.633
Defensive TDs Clemson
South Carolina
4
52
1
8
4
1
Fewest Penalties Clemson
South Carolina
21
116
2
12
52
82
Fewest Penalties Per Game Clemson
South Carolina
21
117
2
12
4.73
7.45
Fewest Penalty Yards Clemson
South Carolina
30
92
3
12
478
636
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Clemson
South Carolina
29
93
3
12
43.45
57.82
First Downs Defense Clemson
South Carolina
5
98
1
13
161
236
First Downs Offense Clemson
South Carolina
14
90
2
9
261
205
Fumbles Lost South Carolina
Clemson
21
128
4
14
4
13
Fumbles Recovered Clemson
South Carolina
12
37
2
1
9
7
Kickoff Return Defense South Carolina
Clemson
53
124
5
11
18.91
25.40
Kickoff Returns Clemson
South Carolina
79
116
11
13
19.44
16.42
Net Punting South Carolina
Clemson
23
46
6
6
41.07
39.69
Passes Had Intercepted Clemson
South Carolina
32
32
4
7
7
7
Passes Intercepted Clemson
South Carolina
10
55
2
8
13
9
Passing Offense South Carolina
Clemson
15
55
3
7
293.1
236.8
Passing Yards Allowed Clemson
South Carolina
8
116
2
13
166.7
259.5
Passing Yards per Completion South Carolina
Clemson
60
124
9
14
12.07
10.14
Punt Return Defense South Carolina
Clemson
21
39
4
4
4.10
5.67
Punt Returns South Carolina
Clemson
62
68
14
9
8.90
8.48
Red Zone Defense Clemson
South Carolina
51
65
8
5
0.808
0.822
Red Zone Offense South Carolina
Clemson
33
120
7
14
0.895
0.727
Rushing Defense Clemson
South Carolina
31
50
4
8
121.9
143.1
Rushing Offense Clemson
South Carolina
42
126
7
14
176.7
87.6
Sacks Allowed Clemson
South Carolina
48
121
6
13
1.73
3.55
Scoring Defense Clemson
South Carolina
37
78
5
10
21.1
27.3
Scoring Offense Clemson
South Carolina
45
64
6
9
30.4
27.7
Tackles for Loss Allowed Clemson
South Carolina
94
123
11
14
6.36
7.82
Team Passing Efficiency South Carolina
Clemson
23
76
7
8
156.08
130.00
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Clemson
South Carolina
6
77
2
7
100.98
134.93
Team Sacks Clemson
South Carolina
34
91
6
12
2.55
1.82
Team Tackles for Loss Clemson
South Carolina
7
115
1
14
7.5
4.5
Time of Possession Clemson
South Carolina
10
90
1
9
32:45
28:51
Total Defense Clemson
South Carolina
10
96
1
12
288.6
402.6
Total Offense Clemson
South Carolina
48
68
6
9
413.5
380.7
Turnover Margin South Carolina
Clemson
23
44
2
5
0.45
0.18
Turnovers Gained Clemson
South Carolina
6
50
1
3
22
16
Turnovers Lost South Carolina
Clemson
19
111
5
10
11
20
Winning Percentage Clemson
South Carolina
36
69
5
10
0.636
0.455

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Clemson

QB Cade Klubnik, TE Banks Pope, OL Harris Sewell, WR Tyler Brown, RB Phil Mafah, OL Tristan Leigh, LB Barrett Carter, S Andrew Mukuba, DT Tyler Davis, CB Nate Wiggins, CB Avieon Terrell.

South Carolina

QB Spencer Rattler, RB Dakereon Joyner, WR Antwane Wells, OL Jakai Moore, DT Tonka Hemingway, LB Debo Williams, CB Marcellas Dial, P Kai Kroeger.

INJURIES

Clemson


Player POS Status
B. Collins WR Ques Sat – Foot
J. Phillips S Ques Sat – Undisclosed
M. Tate OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed
B. Spector WR Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
S. Ennis TE out for season – Knee
J. Haynes RB Out indefinitely – Ankle
A. Williams WR Out indefinitely – Toe
W. Parks OL out for season – Lower Body
M. Kelley UT out for season – Redshirt
V. Burley DL out for season – Knee
C. Turner WR out for season – Hip

South Carolina


Player POS Status
D. Joyner RB Ques Sat – Ankle
T. Jones OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed
A. Wells Jr. WR Out indefinitely – Foot
M. Anderson OL out for season – Knee
R. Mikeska TE Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
M. Kaba LB out for season – Knee

Source: Covers.com

Clemson vs. South Carolina Football Series History

Clemson leads 72-43-4

COMMENTS

This is one of many heated rivalries in the SEC-ACC matchups. Last season the Gamecocks escaped with victory at Clemson. This season South Carolina hosts the Tigers but South Carolina seems to have dropped a notch or two in game winning ability. However, Clemson has been shaky on the road this season and South Carolina has a very raucous home environment. Clemson has already locked up bowl eligibility but the Gamecocks desperately need one more win to secure a postseason game. I’m going with the Gamecocks in a close one.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Clemson 27, South Carolina 20

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

South Carolina 41, Clemson 38

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 7:30 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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