South Carolina-Clemson Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

No. 13 South Carolina (9-2) at No. 12 Clemson (10-1) 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Clemson by 4.

Series Record: Clemson leads 65-40-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Clemson has a shot at an at-large BCS bid if it finishes off a perfect home season by defeating rival South Carolina. The Tigers are seeking their 14th straight victory at Death Valley over the past two seasons. South Carolina is hoping for a fourth consecutive win in the series, something that's only happened once before, from 1951-54. The Gamecocks can post a second straight 10-win season, something that's never happened in school history.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd against South Carolina's defensive line. Boyd and the Tigers offense are putting up video game numbers this season, on the way to surpassing last year's record setting attack. Boyd and Clemson gained over 700 yards in two of the past three games. South Carolina, though, held the Tigers to 153 yards last year and the defensive line is led by Jadeveon Clowney, who's third in the Southeastern Conference with 8 1/2 sacks. Clowney did not play last week in a win over Wofford because of a foot injury.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

South Carolina: RB Kenny Miles. Miles again is in backfield for the Gamecocks because of a knee injury to star running back Marcus Lattimore. And Miles usually puts on a show against Clemson. He rushed for 114 yards against the Tigers in 2009 and had 71 yards in the rivalry game a year ago.

Clemson: WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins' record-setting, All-American season ended with a regular-season thud last year against South Carolina. He dropped a likely touchdown pass early and had four catches for 39 yards. Watkins had a slow start to this season but is gradually rounding into form. After just 16 catches for 118 yards and zero touchdowns over Clemson's first six games, Watkins has 37 catches for 553 yards and three scoring catches the past five.

FACTS & FIGURES

South Carolina is trying to win two straight at Clemson for just the third time since 1968-70. ... Clemson is seeking its 11th victory, something it hasn't accomplished since it went 12-0 in its 1981 national championship season. ... Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier can become the school's all-time leader with his 65th victory in eight years. He tied record holder Rex Enright with last week's 24-7 win over Wofford. ... It's just the second time in history both schools have been ranked in the top 15 when they've played. It happened in 1987 when Clemson was eighth and South Carolina was 12th. The teams have both been ranked in the Top 25 when playing each other five previous times with South Carolina holding a 3-2 edge.