Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Palmetto Rivalry Returns.... Get Ready, It's Clemson-Carolina 2011 !


The Tigers and Gamecocks Line Up For Another Battle ....


     Now, it's time for us to comment on something we're actually excited about.... This is one of those days that we wished we were back in Florence: Clemson-Carolina Day!   Why?  Because NO ONE up in New York gives a crap about college football, or Rivalry Week.  If you showed them the uniforms, 90% of Yankees wouldn't even be able to distinguish the two - a civil offense in most municipalities in the Palmetto State. I am an island onto myself up here....


    To most of my friends consternation, I have always remained unbiased on the rivalry. I didn't attend either school, I have friends who went to both, and I like both schools, which I've been told is impossible.  Yes, I do own one team's jersey, but that's mainly because I look better in one color than the other!  It is this ability to remain unbiased that allows me to see the game clearer than most, as we have a 5-0 record on the game since we started SC6.  Actually, we have no idea what our record is.... Onto the game!


    This game is a rarity, in that both teams are strong and evenly ranked - face it, there is almost no difference between Number 5, and Number 18.  Both teams have looked dominant one week, then leave you shaking your head the next... This is football in Carolina we're talking about here.  Clemson kinda snuck up on me this year, while Carolina looked like they might repeat as SEC East Champs, but they still finished strong in the toughest conference in football....


     The game is in Williams-Brice, so that would give a small edge to the Gamecocks, but lots of Tiger squads have come home from Columbia with the win... To us, we see a distinct difference between the squads.  Carolina looked like the offense would be strong, but losing Lattimore made it not as fearsome as when the season began.  Connor Shaw is adequate, but we're still wondering when The Visor will get that strong-armed QB he relied on for so long at Florida...


     While the D may not be on par with Carolina's, Clemson has an offense that can stretch that Gamecock D.  The Tigers have a penchant for falling behind early, but they have the firepower to come back, and Carolina's offense needs to keep the score down.  Can they?  We have our doubts... Tajh Boyd is the most talented guy on the field, and South Carolina has made lesser QB's look good at times (see Arkansas).   Clemson 31-20.


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5 comments:

Bobby said...

ooopsies...I took Carolina this year. I win.

pluvlaw said...

Sorry...but Tajh Boyd is not the most talented guy on the field when Clemson's offense is out there. Sammy Watkins is more talented than Boyd. So is Jadaveon Clowney, Mark Ingram and Antonio Allen on the Gamecock side. Roll the tape of Boyd trying to outrun Clowney on that last Clemson drive. Dude is a beast.

When SC's offense is on the field, no one is more talented than Alshon Jeffrey. He is a freak.

And Shaw's arm looked plenty strong on that 49-yarder to Ellington...

Mike Reino said...

Geez, P-Luv.... Even in winning, your Gamecock feathers get ruffled! Yeah, I got that one wrong - wait, didn't I say Carolina 31-20??

I saw USC a lot more than Clemson this year, and I underestimated a couple things. First, the ACC again is a lot worse apparently than the SEC. Guess it's all true. Another thing is that all offense flows from the QB. I agree Alshon Jeffery is awesome (as evidenced by that Number 1 jersey own), but he hasn't produced like last year because they haven't gotten him the ball..

I was suprised that Clemson took over a half to put SOMEONE on Shaw running the ball. He outplayed Boyd, and Carolina's D was tough on Boyd. Cut the head off at the QB, and the skill players are nullified.

Both squads future looks bright. If Carolina can beat squads they need to (Auburn), and sneak one on the West teams, they might get a BCS next year. Clemson still can this year, but Va Tech looks tough..

mg said...

SC may have won the game but they are still a bunch of LOSERS.

Anonymous said...

Gathering the kids and grandkids to watch the gane--free

Hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks with all the trimmings--$50

Watching Carolina whip Clemson 34-13...PRICELESS!!!!...teg