South Carolina vs. Clemson: Keys to a State Championship for a 3rd Year

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South Carolina vs. Clemson: Keys to a State Championship for a 3rd Year
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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. 

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