SEC Football Preview: Clemson at South Carolina

South Carolina-Clemson football preview

South Carolina hosts rival Clemson on Saturday in Columbia. previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Team Schedules/Results


Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 Georgia L 3-10 Neutral
09/11 S Car State W 49-3 Home
09/18 GA Tech W 14-8 Home
09/25 NC State L 21-27 Away
10/02 Boston Col W 19-13 Home
10/15 Syracuse W 17-14 Away
10/23 Pittsburgh L 17-27 Away
10/30 Florida St W 30-20 Home
11/06 Louisville W 30-24 Away
11/13 Connecticut W 44-7 Home
11/20 Wake Forest W 48-27 Home
11/27 S Carolina 7:30 PM Away

South Carolina

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 E Illinois W 46-0 Home
09/11 E Carolina W 20-17 Away
09/18 Georgia L 13-40 Away
09/25 Kentucky L 10-16 Home
10/02 Troy W 23-14 Home
10/09 Tennessee L 20-45 Away
10/16 Vanderbilt W 21-20 Home
10/23 Texas A&M L 14-44 Away
11/06 Florida W 40-17 Home
11/13 Missouri L 28-31 Away
11/20 Auburn W 21-17 Home
11/27 Clemson 7:30 PM Home

College Football Ratings

Rating Clemson South Carolina
Sagarin 14 64
Massey Composite 19 57
PiRate Ratings 15 58

Key Stats

Stat Clemson South Carolina
Points 26.5 23.5
Points Allowed 16.4 24.4
Total YDS 362.7 333.0
Pass YDS 199.9 207.8
Rush YDS 162.8 127.7
Total YDS Allowed 317.7 354.7
Pass YDS Allowed 213.8 185.8
Rush YDS Allowed 103.9 168.9
3rd Down Conv.% 36.5 36.3
3rd Down Conv. DEF % 34.5 43.6
Turnover margin 0.09 0.10

Players to Watch


QB DJ Uiagalelei, WR Justyn Ross, TE Braden Galloway, WR EJ Williams, WR Frank Ladson, OL Matt Bockhorst, OL Jordan McFadden, LB James Skalski, LB Baylon Spector, DL Bryan Bresee, DB Nolan Turner, DB Lannden Zanders, DB Sheridan Jones, DB Andrew Booth.

South Carolina

RB Kevin Harris, WR Ahmarean Brown, TE Nick Muse, OT Jakai Moore, OT Dylan Wonnum, DL Kingsley Enagbare, S Jaylan Foster, LB Mohamed Kaba, DT Zacch Pickens, DE Jordan Burch.



[DB] 11/20/2021 – Andrew Booth Jr. is “?” Saturday vs South Carolina (Upper Body)
[LB] 11/20/2021 – Jake Venables is “?” Saturday vs South Carolina (Hamstring)
[QB] 11/20/2021 – Taisun Phommachanh is “?” Saturday vs South Carolina (Shoulder)
[WR] 11/20/2021 – E.J. Williams is “?” Saturday vs South Carolina (Undisclosed)
[QB] 10/04/2021 – Will Taylor is out for season (Knee)
[WR] 10/01/2021 – Troy Stellato is out for season (Redshirt)
[TE] 10/24/2021 – Braden Galloway is out for season (Shoulder)
[G] 10/24/2021 – Matt Bockhorst is out for season (Knee)
[DE] 10/24/2021 – Justin Foster is out for season (Back)
[WR] 10/23/2021 – Frank Ladson Jr. is out for season (Groin)
[OL] 10/21/2021 – John Williams is out for season (Undisclosed)
[WR] 11/07/2021 – Joseph Ngata is out indefinitely (Foot)
[DB] 11/20/2021 – Joseph Charleston is “?” Saturday vs South Carolina (Undisclosed)
(!)[WR] 11/16/2021 – Justyn Ross is out indefinitely (Foot)
[DL] 09/15/2021 – Tayquon Johnson is out for season (Pectoral)
[RB] 09/20/2021 – Lyn-J Dixon is out for season (Left Team)
[OL] 09/14/2021 – Dietrick Pennington is out for season (ACL)
[DT] 09/26/2021 – Bryan Bresee is out for season (Knee)
[S] 09/06/2021 – Lannden Zanders is out for season (Shoulder)
[WR] 09/02/2021 – Brannon Spector is out indefinitely (COVID-19)

South Carolina

[WR] 10/04/2021 – OrTre Smith is out for season (Left Team)
[WR] 10/20/2021 – Randrecous Davis is out indefinitely (Personal)
[WR] 10/21/2021 – Jalen Brooks is out indefinitely (Personal)
(!)[QB] 10/19/2021 – Luke Doty is out for season (Foot)
[DB] 11/20/2021 – Jaylin Dickerson is “?” Saturday vs Clemson (Ankle)
[LB] 11/20/2021 – Jahmar Brown is “?” Saturday vs Clemson (Shoulder)
[LB] 10/27/2021 – Sherrod Greene is out for season (Knee)
[WR] 11/20/2021 – Rico Powers is “?” Saturday vs Clemson (Undisclosed)
[LB] 11/20/2021 – Rodricus Fitten is “?” Saturday vs Clemson (Undisclosed)
[WR] 11/20/2021 – Keveon Mullins is “?” Saturday vs Clemson (Undisclosed)
[DL] 11/20/2021 – Rick Sandidge is “?” Saturday vs Clemson (Leg)


Clemson vs. South Carolina Football Series History

Clemson leads 71-42-4


When I was setting up this preview I found myself looking for a “Clemson” category to set for this posting. Well, we don’t have a Clemson category, we only have categories set for SEC teams because we are an SEC sports news publication. It got me thinking though, why not get Clemson to join the SEC? For that matter, why not Clemson and North Carolina or NC State? That would give the SEC a firm footing in the southeastern Atlantic coastal states and also help boost those programs. Anyway, back to this week’s game. Clemson at South Carolina. Clemson got off to a slow start and folks were talking about how bad they had gotten but Clemson is still a top 20 team and might end up with 10 wins if they can beat USC on Saturday and win a bowl game. This one’s hard to predict because South Carolina has been so Helter Skelter this season. However, South Carolina is noticeably much better at home so I’m going with the Gamecocks in a close one.

Our Preseason Prediction

Clemson 35, South Carolina 17

Game Week Prediction

South Carolina 21, Clemson 20

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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