User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Clemson haunted by losing streak to SC

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - In Tajh Boyd's Clemson career, the No. 6 Tigers have won an Atlantic Coast Conference title, posted three 10-win seasons and ranked in the Top 10 for a school-record 13 straight weeks.

Advertisement
But there is still a big hole in Boyd's resume - he hasn't beaten bitter in-state rival South Carolina in three tries. The senior gets one last chance Saturday night.

''It's something that no one has done around here. Not our senior class, not many of the coaches that have been here. It's the one we are waiting for,'' Boyd said.

This is a place few Tigers fans remember. No. 10 South Carolina has had a four-game winning streak in the rivalry only once before, in the 1950s. The Gamecocks have never won five in a row. So while Saturday's matchup will be the first with both schools in the Top 10 and could also have BCS bowl implications, the game is still at its core a simple desire to beat the most-hated team on the schedule.

The losses to South Carolina eat at Clemson coach Dabo Swinney too. He has beaten the Gamecocks only once, in 2008, when the win helped him get the coaching job permanently. He joked after the Tigers' 52-6 victory over The Citadel on Saturday that he hears about his 1-4 record in the rivalry game every day.

''My wife usually reminds me every morning when I wake up. And by the time I get to breakfast, (my oldest son) Will hits me with it. That's the nature of a rivalry game. It's great when you win. It stinks when you lose,'' Swinney said.

Long-suffering South Carolina fans don't mind rubbing it in, either. After the Gamecocks' 27-17 win last season, they started a social media trend called ''four-bombing'' where South Carolina fans have their pictures taken holding up four fingers in front of unsuspecting Clemson fans. The gesture perhaps reached its peak in May when a photo of two elementary school students holding up four fingers while posing with Swinney flew across Twitter.

''You live it year-round. I've got to do a better job than I have done in the past. We've got to play better. Nobody wants it more than me, I promise you,'' Swinney said.

That statement got back to South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton, who fired the first shot of rivalry week.

''I always feel like it's a problem if your coach wants to win the game more than your players,'' Hampton said.

While Clemson can put all its focus on beating its rival, the Gamecocks' attention may be split. South Carolina can still make it to the Southeastern Conference championship if 19th-ranked Texas A&M beats No. 5 Missouri in a game that kicks off 45 minutes after Clemson-South Carolina starts.

Even with the winning streak, South Carolina still trails the rivalry 65-41-4, a stat that Hampton brought up after Saturday's 70-10 victory over Coastal Carolina.

''We've won four in a row. But the record looks really bad. We've got a lot of motivation and a lot of stuff to do to catch up to those guys,'' Hampton said.

But most of the psychological pressure falls squarely on Clemson and on a set of seniors who have won 37 games overall. They don't want to be the first class in the 117 years of the rivalry to lose five in a row.

''I don't think they've gotten any reason to be overconfident,'' Swinney said. "They've gotten their butts whipped four years in a row.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: ACC Predictions
Lawrence: 2016 Mountain West Preview
Lawrence: 2016 Mid-American Preview
Marshall: ACC Coastal Outlook
Marshall: ACC Atlantic Outlook
News: 2016 Golden Nugget GOY Odds
Lawrence: 2016 Independents Preview
Marshall: MWC Outlook - West
Marshall: MWC Outlook - Mountain
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
Live Odds
2015 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2379
Scott Pritchard + 1370
Marc Lawrence + 1207
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 700
Pat Hawkins + 497
Kyle Hunter + 395
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 64 %
Paul Bovi 58 %
Marc Lawrence 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Greg Smith + 1775
Kevin Rogers + 1190
Brian Edwards + 856
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1596
James Manos + 1448
Kyle Hunter + 1332
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2072
Bruce Marshall + 1842
Paul Bovi + 1307
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership