Clemson-USC rivalry is pretty tame by comparison

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Update November 29: And, there we have: USC lost.

Original post: Clemson interim coach Dabo Swinney in The Post and Courier about the Clemson-USC rivalry:
In the Alabama-Auburn rivalry, the fans are that way, they really dislike each other. But in this game, for the players, it's more of a respect.

While I pretty much agree, for Swinney the game is also about his future. Not only is Saturday a chance for the Tigers to save face during a dismal season, but if Clemson can win they'll have a good shot at bowl game, and Swinney's interim job might become his full-time job.

The State also sees the matchup as relatively cool:
Since The Associated Press poll was established for the 1936 season, South Carolina and Clemson have played each other 73 times. Both teams entered the game with a national ranking only three times.

So, who's likely to win? Greg Wallace of the Anderson Independent-Mail News thinks Clemson has the edge 17-15. But Ron Morris over at the state thinks it will be a blowout win for USC, 42-6.

Catch the game at noon, Saturday, November 29, on ESPN 2.