Josh Kendall

Kendall’s pick: Numbers paint picture of tall order for USC

Shawn Elliott doesn’t want to shock the world. He just wants to win a football game.

If he’s going to do the latter, he’ll have to do the former. South Carolina is an 18-point underdog against Clemson. It’s the largest point spread in this series in the modern era.

The Tigers are No. 1 in the nation. The Gamecocks have won only three games.

The Tigers are No. 14 in the nation in total offense. The Gamecocks are 91st in total defense.

The Tigers are fifth in the country in total defense. The Gamecocks are 101st in total offense.

The Tigers are 23rd in the nation in third-down conversions. The Gamecocks are 108th in the third-down conversions allowed.

The Tigers are first in the nation in third-down conversions allowed. The Gamecocks are 106th in third-down conversions.

It’s been a tough season for South Carolina. It won’t get any easier Saturday.