His first taste of the rivalry left a sour taste in his mouth. Now USC’s 2nd year coach Will Muschamp, 365 days later, has the chance to turn the sour into sweet Saturday night with 2nd ranked Clemson visiting Williams-Brice Stadium. Clemson left no doubt in last year’s game and the Tigers opened the week as 15.5 point favorites. But with 8 wins in the bank and second place in the SEC East secured, Muschamp believes his team this time is in a much better place to deal with the Tigers.
Key notes from Muschamp press conference:
- Antoine Wilder is out with an elbow injury but Jamyest Williams is good to go.
- His team is playing better than a year ago. Very impressed with Kelly Bryant.
- Clemson has a really good stable of backs and receivers.
- Venables does a great job, they have to negate their front and block those guys.
- Clemson has good team speed and is dangerous in the return game especially McCloud.
- Bentley will compete but they’ve got to block Clemson’s defensive front, needs Bentley to go make plays.
- Gamecocks are deeper than last year and older, and he said this team competes with great effort.
- Last season his defensive guys watched some wrong things as Clemson ran various motions and have to have their eyes right this time.
- Feels offensive line has improved, feels all three phases of his team have continued to improve, miss Samuel in return game.
- Have to be discipline on defense and be aware of the rush lines, have to be aware of Bryant as a runner and passer.
- They don’t want to get into a one dimensional situation vs Clemson, have to be hard headed with the run and stay patient with it.
- “I’m not an outsider any more. I get it.” Answering question about when he got feel for Clemson rivalry.
Will Muschamp’s opening comments on the Clemson game
Muschamp on being able to compete better with Clemson this season
Muschamp on the overall improvement of his team