Most USC fans hate anything Clemson. Most Clemson fans hate anything USC. As for the players and coaches, well that’s another story.
Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney are downright chummy. The Head Ball coach said today that Dabo sent him a text message to congratulate him on winning the SEC East this season. Spurrier called him back later. According to Swinney, the two have talked a couple of times this season.
The fact is Spurrier and Swinney like each other. Most of the players on each time like each other too. Spurrier said there isn’t a lot of bad blood between the two teams and he doesn’t expect any more trash talk than normal on Saturday night.
“I realize some of the fans don’t want to hear that,” Spurrier said. “But that’s the way I think it should be. And I think Dabo and his guys believe that’s the way it should be also.”
A few other fun facts about this weekend’s game:
- This is the 108th meeting between these two teams. Clemson holds 65-38-4 advantage in the series
- Clemson holds a 16-8-1 advantage at Death Valley
- USC won last year’s game 34-17. Clemson won the 2008 game in Death Valley, 31-14
- Steve Spurrier is 3-5 all-time against Clemson. He’s 2-3 against the Tigers at USC.