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No. 7 Clemson is aiming for a historic series against rival South Carolina

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South Carolina coach Shane Beamer hugs running back Juju McDowell (21) who scored a touchdown in the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Tennessee on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Columbia, SC scored (AP Photo/Artie Walker Jr.)

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South Carolina (7-4) at No. 7 Clemson (10-1, No. 8 CFP), Saturday 12 p.m. EST (ABC)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Clemson to 14 1/2.

Series record: Clemson leads 72-42-4.

WHAT’S AT Stake?

Bragging rights, along with a chance at history for Clemson. The Tigers have won the last seven games against rival Gamecocks. An eighth place finish would be the longest winning streak since these Palmetto State Schools first played in 1896. A Clemson win would also see them earn a place in the college football playoffs, although it would likely take outside help to finish in the top four.

KEY COMPARISON

South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler vs. Clemson’s pass rush. Rattler has looked up to a stunning 63-38 win over then-No. 63-38 for much of the season. 5 Tennessee, where he threw for 438 yards and a school-record six touchdowns. The Tigers’ defense has been active since a 35-14 loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 5 and amassed nine wins against Louisville and Miami in the past two weeks.

PLAYER TO SEE

South Carolina: Jaheim Bell is an all-SEC tight end who has lined up as a running back against leading rushers MarShawn Lloyd and Christian Beal-Smith for the past two weeks. Bell showed his versatility a week ago. He had 17 carries for 82 yards and six catches, two for touchdowns.

Clemson: LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. has proven himself over the past two weeks with 20 tackles combined with wins over Louisville and Miami. The longtime NFL defenseman’s son is second with the Tigers with 65 stops this season with six tackles for losses and five pass separations.

FACTS

Clemson has won the rivalry streak seven straight times after South Carolina had an all-time winning streak of five straight games from 2009 to 2013. … The Tigers would surpass the seven victories Clemson won from 1934-40. … South Carolina has lost six of the seven in a row by 18 points or more, its closest loss being a 37-32 loss in 2015. … Clemson is seeking his 41st straight home win to extend his ACC record. … South Carolina special teams coordinator Pete Lembo is among 15 finalists for the Broyles Award, which goes to college football’s best assistant. … South Carolina finished third in the SEC East Division, 4-4. It’s the first time the Gamecocks have been at .500 or better in league play since Will Muschamp won 4-4 in 2018. … A Clemson win would give them 11 or more wins for the eighth time in the last 11 seasons.

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