USC coach Steve Spurrier has plenty of concerns on his plate entering Saturday’s showdown with Clemson. First, the Gamecock defense has several walking wounded, especially at linebacker, and Spurrier won’t know until later in the week who will be able to play.
Second, there’s the high powered Clemson offense which, last week’s loss to NC State not withstanding, has not been slowed down by many teams this season. Spurrier has to hope his defense can keep Tajh Boyd, Andre Ellington, Sammy Watkins and company somewhat in check to have a chance. A track meet is not something Spurrier wants to get caught up in.
Key pre-game notes:
- Both teams are 9-2 overall and were 6-2 in their conferences
- This is the first time each has had at least 9 wins going into the game
- This is the fourth time each is nationally ranked going into the game
- USC is going for its third straight win in the series for the first time since 1970
- 16 Gamecocks will make their final home appearance
- Junior RBs Kenny Miles and Eric Baker are included on that list
- The USC seniors have won a school record 32 games
- Steve Spurrier is 3-3 in his career against Clemson