A Brief History Of The Clemson–South Carolina Rivalry

Known to many as the Palmetto Bowl, the Clemson and South Carolina rivalry is one of the greatest collegiate athletic rivalries in the region. The century-old rivalry is between the Clemson University Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks who now play in the Palmetto Series since 2015. This series is a head-to-head athletic competition occurring between the two schools not only in football but also a dozen other competitions every year.

Before you start looking for casino bonuscodes, here’s a brief history of the rivalry between the two South Carolina giants:

The Origin

After meeting in 1896 for their first game, the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry remains the second longest-running rivalry in Division I. In the South, the rivalry is the longest uninterrupted series in the region, though it’s unique as the two teams are not in the same premier conferences. However, unlike most collegiate rivalries, the Palmetto rivalry didn’t start innocently or because of competitive sports.

The deep-seated bitterness between the two college teams began long before Clemson got its charter to become a college.

In fact, the two colleges were incorporated 80 years apart, with South Carolina College starting in 1808 while Clemson started in 1889. The rivalry started after South Carolina University stopped emphasizing on Agricultural studies, eventually contributing to the formation of the Clemson University by agitated farmers.

Growth Of The Battle

In the 1950s, the South Carolina University expanded its reach by establishing branch campuses in the state. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that Clemson thought of establishing a branch campus after receiving their charter. However, the derby between the two teams has been running consecutively for every year since 1909.

While the rivalry is over a century old, it has been interrupted for around seven times since it started. The games between the two teams were played in Colombia from 1896 to 1959, though that changed in 1960 when the two teams agreed to be alternating home stadiums.

In the modern era (after WWII), Clemson has a 42-29-2 advantage, also leading the series with 12-7 in the 21st century.

That means Clemson has more wins over USC than any other team, though Carolina ranks second after Georgia Tech in wins against Clemson. However, both teams organize a ritual party with the other team’s mascot while getting ready for the tournament.

Last Meeting

In 2018, second place Clemson recorded a total of 744 yards on offense to claim a 56-35 victory. That marks the Tiger’s fifth consecutive win over South Carolina. However, South Carolina added a total of 600 yards during the matchup.
Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence racked up 393 yards with a touchdown while running back Travis Etienne recorded 150 yards with two touchdowns. This victory marked the second 12-0 regular season for Clemson in the last four years.

The 2019 Palmetto Bowl

This year, the Clemson Vs. South Carolina match will take place on 30th November at the Williams-Brice Stadium. About 8000 fans will journey to Colombia to witness the match, as South Carolina hopes to break Clemson’s current winning streak.

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