The Clemson Tigers (3) and South Carolina Gamecocks finish up their regular-season schedule in The Battle of the Palmetto State this Saturday. The Tigers are looking to complete a second straight undefeated season en route to their second straight National Championship, seeking their 27th straight win. For the Gamecocks, it’s been a forgettable 4-7 season so far, but they’ve got a chance to play spoiler against Clemson and potentially shake up the College Football Playoff.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
The game is set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 30th on ESPN and ESPN3. You can also stream the game on WatchESPN as well.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Spread: Clemson (-27) at South Carolina
Point Total: O/U 51 (-110)
Money line: TBD
— Clemson has covered the spread in five of its past six games.
— Five of the Tigers’ past six day games have gone UNDER the points total.
— Games at Williams-Brice Stadium average 52.3 points.
— Since South Carolina re-aligned in the SEC in 1992, Clemson has won 17 of 27 meetings between the teams, including each of the past five.
Pick against the Spread
The Clemson offense is led by QB Trevor Lawrence, who has thrown for 2,575 yards, 27 TDs and 8 INTs so far this season. The Tigers are ranked fourth in the nation in points per game (45.9) and are seventh in rushing yards per game (260.5) this season. They’ve pretty much steam-rolled through their schedule, aside from a 21-20 win over North Carolina earlier in the season.
The Gamecocks have lost two in a row and four of their past five games, so things aren’t looking great. They’ll have their hands full trying to contain RB Travis Etienne, who has 1,335 rushing yards and 14 TDs this season. South Carolina has a strong defensive line but I can’t imagine Lawrence needing to throw the ball down field much. Clemson should keep the ball on the ground a decent amount and put Lawrence in position to make quicker throws.
I think the spread being under four TDs makes it easy to roll with Clemson in this spot. They’ve covered that point total in six straight games against comparable/weaker opponents. Sure, the rivalry is something, but with Clemson playing in the ACC and South Carolina in the SEC, there isn’t much impact as you’d think. The Tigers should keep rolling.
Pick: Clemson (-27)
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