CLEMSON, S.C. — In one of the nation’s oldest rivalries, No. 8 Clemson is looking to make history when it hosts South Carolina at Memorial Stadium today.
A win will give the Tigers (10-1) eight straight victories in the series, which would be the most by either school in a rivalry that began in 1896. Clemson also won seven straight games from 1934-’40.
Clemson has outscored South Carolina 286-104 during its current seven-game series winning streak, an average score of 41-15. Clemson has scored 30 points in each of the programs’ last seven meetings and has held South Carolina to seven or fewer points in three of those contests.
Here are a few other things you need to know about today’s game:
Opponent: South Carolina (7-4)
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson
Latest Line: Clemson minus-14.5
All-Time Series: Clemson leads 72-42-4
Games at Clemson: Clemson leads 19-10-1
Games at Miami: Clemson leads 53-32-3
Neutral Site: NA
Last Meeting: Clemson won 30-0 in 2021
Streak: Clemson, seven
What to Watch for This Week:
- Today will be the 119th all-time meeting between Clemson and South Carolina. Before the series was interrupted in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams had played every year from 1909-2019, which at the time was the second-longest active streak of consecutive years played in a rivalry in the nation. The only longer consecutive rivalry at the time was Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, which had played every year since 1907. Despite the interruption, at 118 games, the Clemson-South Carolina series entered 2022 tied for the 11th most played rivalry in the FBS.
- Clemson is hosting South Carolina for the first time since 2018 by virtue of the 2020 interruption due to COVID. By kickoff, a total of 1,463 days will have elapsed between Clemson home games in the rivalry, representing the longest elapsed time between Clemson home games in the series since the rivalry transitioned to a home-and-home format in 1960.
- Clemson’s 72 all-time wins against South Carolina are the program’s most against any opponent.
- Clemson entering the contest having won its last five games in the series against South Carolina by at least 21 points (49 points in 2016, 24 points in 2017, 21 points in 2018, 35 points in 2019 and 30 points in 2021). Clemson’s five consecutive wins of 21-plus points mark the longest streak of 21-point victories in the series by either team.
- Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney attempting to improve to 9-5 all-time against South Carolina. He is already the first Clemson coach with seven straight wins against South Carolina, surpassing the six straight wins secured by Jess Neely from 1934-39.
- Clemson attempting to improve to 14-5 against SEC opponents in the College Football Playoff era. Clemson is currently 7-1 against SEC East foes since 2014 and 6-2 against the SEC West since the start of the 2016 season.
- Clemson attempting to improve to 12-1 in its last 13 regular season games against SEC opponents, dating to 2014.
- Clemson attempting to win its 41st consecutive home game to extend the longest home winning streak in ACC history. No member of Clemson’s roster has lost a home game at Clemson in their careers.
- Clemson (40) attempting to pass the 1907-18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (40) for sole possession of the eighth longest home winning streak in FBS history.
- Clemson attempting to add to its national-best 59-1 record at home in the College Football Playoff era (since 2014).
- Swinney (160) attempting to pass Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops (160) for sole possession of the second-most victories in the first 15 seasons of a head coaching career in FBS history.
- Clemson has more wins (72) over South Carolina than any other opponent, and those victories represent 9.1 percent of Clemson’s all-time victory total (788). Clemson’s 2004 victory in the series was the program’s 600th all-time win.
—Courtesy of Clemson Athletic Communications