Clemson leads the overall series, we are reminded of that all the time it seems. However, the rivalry has never been bigger than it is right now. Both programs are in the middle of a great run. This is the best era in Gamecock football history. Coming into Saturday, Clemson has won 41 games over the last four seasons. They have no national championships to show for it or wins over the Gamecocks but this has also been a very successful time in Clemson football history.
It is rare that both programs are really good at the same time. There used to be a theory that there wasn't enough talent in the state for both teams to be good at the same time. Since 1980, only 4 times have the Gamecocks and Clemson played each other when both were ranked. Saturday night will be the fifth time, the the third straight year and the first time that both teams will meet while being ranked in the top ten.
The Gamecocks are 3-1 in these games with the only loss coming in 2000 when Rod Gardner PUSHED the Tigers to the victory in Death Valley 16-14. I was there and the frustrating part about that game is the Gardner no call push off was just the third worst call of the game.
The 1987 meeting held the honors as being the best combined rankings of the teams in the series. The Gamecocks were ranked 12th and Clemson was ranked 8th. The Gamecocks would prevail thanks to that loud Williams-Brice crowd and of course Brad Edwards.
1987 Carolina 20-7
2000 Clemson 16-14*********
2011 Carolina 34-13
2012 Carolina 27-17
History is on the Gamecocks side for a change.