College soccer: Point spread set for USC-Clemson game

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, right, talks with South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer before an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov.  27, 2021, in Columbia, SC Clemson won 30-0.  (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, proper, talks with South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer earlier than an NCAA school soccer game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Columbia, SC Clemson received 30-0. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)


no 9 Clemson soccer is as soon as once more a betting favourite in opposition to South Carolina heading into subsequent Saturday’s rivalry game, per opening strains launched Sunday.

Clemson opened as a 16-point favourite in opposition to South Carolina Circa Sportsan trade chief in sportsbooks, whereas the VegasInsider consensus line, which elements in a number of sportsbooks, favors Clemson by 14 factors.

Either approach, that’s the closest spread for a Clemson-USC game in Death Valley since 2014 (Clemson -4.5). The Tigers beforehand closed as a 26-point favourite in opposition to South Carolina in Memorial Stadium in 2016 and 2018.

Overall, Clemson was favored by 20 or extra factors in 4 of 5 conferences from 2015 to 2019 earlier than being favored by 11.5 factors getting into final 12 months’s game.

South Carolina’s 63-38 win over No. 5 Tennessee actually performed a task in oddsmakers’ pondering. The Gamecocks (7-4, 4-4 SEC) appeared unstoppable on Senior Day, with quarterback Spencer Rattler finishing 30 of 37 passes for 438 yards, six touchdowns and 0 interceptions and the offense racking up 606 yards after failing to succeed in over 300 in three of its previous 4 video games.

South Carolina’s 63 factors had been essentially the most ever by an unranked staff in opposition to an AP high 5 opponent within the ballot period, per the varsity, and the 25-point win all however knocked the Volunteers (9-2, 5-2 SEC) out of College Football Playoff competition.

South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) reacts after scoring a landing at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Sam Wolfe Special To The State

Clemson (10-1, 8-0 ACC) cruised previous Miami 40-10 by itself Senior Day, with quarterback DJ Uiagalelei scoring three touchdowns and the Tigers protection permitting a season-low 98 whole yards to the Hurricanes whereas additionally recording two turnovers. and a security.

Clemson, the ACC Atlantic Division champion, can even play ACC Coastal Division champion UNC within the convention title game in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium in two weeks.

Next Saturday would be the 119th all-time matchup between longtime rivals Clemson and South Carolina, who first performed one another in 1896. Clemson leads the all-time collection 72-42-4 and has received seven consecutive video games within the collection relationship again to 2014. That’s tied for the longest streak in rivalry historical past.

Dabo Swinney can also be the one coach in Clemson historical past to win seven straight video games in opposition to South Carolina. That streak began after his Tigers misplaced 5 straight rivalry video games to Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks from 2009 to 2013.

Entering subsequent week’s matchup, the Tigers have additionally received 5 straight video games in opposition to the Gamecocks by 21-plus factors and South Carolina hasn’t scored a landing in opposition to Clemson since 2018.

In the groups’ final assembly, Clemson shut out South Carolina and then-rookie coach Shane Beamer 30-0 in Columbia. South Carolina hasn’t been favored in opposition to Clemson since 2013.

Clemson vs. South Carolina game, TV information

Who: South Carolina (7-4, 4-4 SEC) at No. 9 Clemson (10-1, 8-0 ACC)

When: midday, Saturday Nov. 26

Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson


This story was initially printed November 20, 2022 2:16 PM.

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Chapel Fowler has lined Clemson soccer, amongst different matters, for The State since June 2022. He’s a Denver, NC, native, a 2020 UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus and a pickup basketball fanatic with earlier stops on the Fayetteville (NC) Observer and Chatham (NC) News + Record. His work has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the North Carolina Press Association and the Associated College Press.

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