With all due respect to Adam Garrett, who provides five keys to victory for South Carolina against Clemson, I have to finish my regular season's five-keys series anyway. His is an excellent piece that is different than mine, so you should check it out, too.
That being said, it's time for my final five-keys article for the regular season, which I have completed for three straight football seasons!
South Carolina has an opportunity to do things that no recent Gamecocks team has ever done. An 11-win season (if they win the Clemson game and a bowl), three straight state championships, bragging rights and that first-ever season where the Gamecocks battle through injuries and issues for wins.
This game is a battle between two very different teams. An explosive, fast-moving Clemson offense is starkly different than the time-consuming, ball-control offense that South Carolina runs.
Defensively, it's like the difference between a 6'6", 275-pound defensive end and a 5'8", 150-pound kicker. South Carolina's defense is that much better than Clemson's.
But throw all of that out the window. This heated rivalry game will be a classic.