As if the state of South Carolina wasn't already split down the middle, rivalry week has to come along and light the fuse. This rivalry would be one of the longest continuous wars in the country if it wasn't for the forced hiatus from 1903 to 1909.
The story is well known—USC fans began walking around Columbia with a cartoon poster of a Gamecock catching a Tiger by the tail and the Clemson boys told the South Carolina boys to take it down. After their request was denied, the Clemson military men went to unstack their weapons. Cooler heads prevailed, and after a few minor fisticuffs the rivalry was allowed to cool for six years.
Over 100 years later, not much has changed. This year, both teams are ranked, with identical records and as much talent as this matchup has ever seen.
Clemson wants to rebound from a loss to lowly NC State, and South Carolina is coming off a tune-up with The Citadel.
South Carolina has won the last two battles while Clemson holds the overall lead.
South Carolina is missing Marcus Lattimore, Clemson is missing a defense.
This is looking to be the best rivalry game we have seen in years, with guaranteed fireworks. Tune in Saturday at 7:45 EST for live score, highlights and analysis.