South Carolina Head Coach Will Muschamp said he does not allow himself or his program to be aroused by the temptation to compare their level of success to in-state rival Clemson as the two teams prepare to face off in the Palmetto Bowl.
While South Carolina comes in as a banged-up unit, they continue to try and make the most with what’s around.
Muschamp said this week they should get some key components back in Rico Dowdle, Ty’Son Williams and Aaron Sterling among others. Jaycee Horn also practiced Tuesday according to Muschamp, and said he’ll be good to go after injuring his ankle early against Chattanooga.
In part of his opening remarks, Muschamp also offered his take on how they need to focus on themselves and not what Gamecock fans refer to as, “that school in the Upstate”:
Muschamp Opening Remarks
Muschamp commented about the rivalry, but was about to short-change the atmosphere his own program that he and his team try to create by praising the vibes at Clemson’s Death Valley:
Muschamp on Rivalry
The Gamecocks have been largely non-competitive in their two matchups with Clemson under Muschamp, losing 56-7 on the road in his first year and 34-10 at home in 2017.
Muschamp believes the more composed team will the game, and also does not want his team to fall into the bad habits of the 2016 game, where he says some of his players “quit competing”:
Muschamp on Keys to Victory
Very few teams, if any, are equipped to deal with the type of injury attrition South Carolina has faced this year, especially at certain positions.
Muschamp moved Jaycee Horn to safety to try and quell some of the slippage that had been a part of that position in recent weeks and also used walk-on Jason Senn heavily after not being used all season.
This week Muschamp will have the challenge of matching personnel with the football factory that has risen in Pickens County and the plethora of depth he believes Dabo Swinney has at his disposal:
Muschamp on Matching Personnel with Clemson
South Carolina and Clemson meet on Saturday night in Death Valley at 7 PM on ESPN.