I hear from time to time people complaining that this game doesn’t get enough respect nationally. My response… so what? I could care less if someone up north or out west is watching this game. It’s their loss. As for me, I love it. I enjoy watching the game. I don’t base my feelings on what other people think about the game. I have told you my story about not caring as much about Clemson football now as I have in the past (and that’s true), but I still love this game.
All things considered, I like things the way they are and I wouldn’t change a thing. It would be nice if both teams were at the top of the polls year in and year out… but it wouldn’t make the game anymore special to the fans. I was at the game in 1998 when Clemson entered the game with a 2-8 record and Carolina had a 1-9 record. Of all years, this would seem like the year for the fans to not care about the game. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the teams played in front of a sell-out crowd at Death Valley.
You can never be 100% sure what will happen in this game… but you can be 100% sure that you will hear about it until the game next year (if not longer).
If I could change anything in the history of this rivalry, I would have Danny Ford still coaching Clemson and Joe Morrison still coaching at USC (and thus, still living). Both programs had their best years under those coaches and both programs were in good shape when their coaches left (Morrison died and Ford was fired). I’m not saying both programs would be playing for a National Championship every year, but I think both programs would be in better shape. I would also have the schools in the same conference (either the ACC or SEC... or Big South).
As for the game today, it should be interesting. How will CJ Spiller do against Eric Norwood and the USC defense? Will Stephen Garcia complete more passes to Alshon Jeffery or the Clemson secondary? Can Clemson’s offensive line give Kyle Parker enough time in the pocket? Can Carolina’s offensive line do the same for Garcia? I guess we’ll find out…
Navy plays at Hawaii today.
Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs fell to the Bobcats last night 87-94. They are back in action tonight at home against the Dallas Mavericks.
Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are working on the press to prepare for their Monday night game.
Wrapping up 2017-18
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