South Carolina’s football team “feels better than we did three weeks ago,” Steve Spurrier said Tuesday, but not nearly as good as it will feel if it can beat Clemson for a sixth straight time Saturday.
“We have turned it around a little bit, and if we’re fortunate Saturday we will have turned it around a lot,” Spurrier said during his weekly news conference.
The Gamecocks (6-5) plays the No. 23 Tigers (8-2) at noon on Saturday in Memorial Stadium.
“It’s Clemson, man,” Gamecocks senior defensive lineman J.T. Surratt said. “Nothing more to be said.”
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It will be the last game before a bowl game for each team, which adds some spice to this year’s game, Spurrier believes.
“Neither one of us is going to win its conference or division, so it’s obviously the biggest game for both teams,” Spurrier said.
The Tigers haven’t determined if Cole Stoudt or freshman Deshaun Watson will start against South Carolina, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday. South Carolina will try to prepare the same way regardless, Spurrier said.
“We have to come to the ballpark and be prepared for their offense,” he said. “Whichever one comes out, we have to try to stop the run first and then the pass.”
Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson needs 176 yards to set the school’s single-season passing record.
“I don’t care if I throw for 50 yards if we get a win,” Thompson said.
Offensive lineman Mike Matulis will not return this season but hopes to come back next season after knee surgery, Spurrier said.
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