Let me start by saying this: I am eager to see my first South Carolina-Clemson game in person.
Let me follow that up with this: I have no idea who’s going to win this game.
I think it’s pretty clear that the Gamecocks are a better football this year, but you could have made the same argument about Clemson heading into last season’s game and South Carolina thumped them. I hate the “throw the records out the window” cliche, but I also hate picking rivalry games because they are so unpredictable.
The Tigers have little left to play for this year beyond the state championship, and the Gamecocks have No. 2 Auburn and a shot at the SEC title on the near horizon. I could go on like this for a while just to put off picking the game, but I guess I should get on with it.
I do believe the Gamecocks win this game, and I’m thinking 27-20 or in that ballpark.
I’m feeling a lot of pressure to keep my five-game “winning” streak going, so we’ll see how this one turns out.