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Update November 29: And, there we have: USC lost.
Original post: Clemson interim coach Dabo Swinney in The Post and Courier about the Clemson-USC rivalry:
In the Alabama-Auburn rivalry, the fans are that way, they really dislike each other. But in this game, for the players, it's more of a respect.
While I pretty much agree, for Swinney the game is also about his future. Not only is Saturday a chance for the Tigers to save face during a dismal season, but if Clemson can win they'll have a good shot at bowl game, and Swinney's interim job might become his full-time job.
The State also sees the matchup as relatively cool:
Since The Associated Press poll was established for the 1936 season, South Carolina and Clemson have played each other 73 times. Both teams entered the game with a national ranking only three times.