Strength vs. strength: When Tigers meet Gamecocks, something's got to give

Clemson will match one of nation's most potent offenses against sound and stingy South Carolina defense

Clmeson's Tajh Boyd looks to pass against South Carolina.

Clmeson's Tajh Boyd looks to pass against South Carolina.

Strength vs. strength.

It not only makes for good rivalry, it should make for a great game.

If Clemson can run up and down the field and score on the Gamecocks, the Tigers' defense should be good enough to finish the job.

Likewise, if South Carolina's defense can contain the Tigers' potent attack, the Gamecock offense is pretty good at doing just enough to win.

Statistically, the Tigers will match their best against the Gamecocks' best.

Clemson is fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 44.64 points per game and trailing only Louisiana Tech, Oregon and Oklahoma State. The Gamecocks rank 13th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 17.45 points per contest.

The Tigers are sixth in total offense with 535.64 yards per game, and rank fourth nationally in offensive plays with 903, trailing only Marshall, Louisiana Tech and Nevada. The Gamecocks are 13th in total defense, giving up fewer yards per game overall (311) than Clemson is averaging through the air alone (332).

Clemson's passing efficiency rating is the nation's fourth best (169.02) behind Georgia, Alabama and San Jose State. The Gamecocks rank 38th in passing efficiency defense with a 120.30 rating.

Clemson ranks fourth in the nation on third-down conversions (52.84 percent) and leads the country in fourth-down conversions (13-of-15, 86.67 percent). The Gamecocks are 38th in third-down defense (36 percent) and 28th on opponents' fourth-down attempts (38 percent).

The Tigers are the nation's fourth most efficient team in the red zone (49-of-42, 94 percent). South Carolina's defense is 14th in red-zone stops, turning the opposition away empty-handed 30 percent of the time.

Clemson ranks 10th in the nation in first downs per game with 26.45. The Gamecocks are 14th in fewest first downs allowed, with 17.18.

On Saturday night, something's got to give.

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Comments » 5

justcurious writes:

hope its the Gamecocks that gives and not the so call clemson defense

TigerShore12 writes:

PLEASE WEAR ALL ORANGE.........been waiting on it all year!

tigerdh writes:

in response to TigerShore12:

PLEASE WEAR ALL ORANGE.........been waiting on it all year!

Maybe I'm spersticious but wear the orange and white that you have won with all year at home. Besides they are a good looking uniform. Go Tigers

TrevorT writes:

in response to tigerdh:

Maybe I'm spersticious but wear the orange and white that you have won with all year at home. Besides they are a good looking uniform. Go Tigers

My vote is for solid orange.

DMD writes:

Orange and White is my vote also.....I hope the Tigers have a Great Game, and Carolina a decent game. This could bring a lot of attention to our State universities.

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