The seniors on South Carolina’s team have never lost to Clemson and will be looking to keep it that way on Saturday. The last time Dabo Swinney won this game was in 2008, and the five-year itch is definitely being felt throughout Tiger nation. If South Carolina wants to upset Clemson, here are the three keys to a victory on Saturday:
Get pressure on the quarterback: We still don’t know if it’s going to be Deshaun Watson or Cole Stoudt, but getting to the QB either way will be crucial. The Gamecock pass defense isn’t terrific, but if you can force QB hurries and force them to make bad decisions, your defense has the chance to make some plays and hold a reeling Clemson offense.
Force turnovers: The Clemson Tigers gave the ball away six times last year and have lost the turnover battle the last five years. In fact, they are losing 15-3 in that category and that has been a big reason for a Gamecock winning streak. USC will have its best chance to get some interceptions if Stoudt starts at QB as he has been very generous with the ball — nine INTs in 11 games.
Get Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds going: If the two running backs can establish the run game, then Gamecock QB Dylan Thompson will have a good opportunity to move the chains and find some easy targets. Getting into easy third down conversion situations won’t allow Clemson’s defense to pin its ears back and go after the quarterback.