Gene Sapakoff

Gene Sapakoff is the oldest, fastest, hardest-hitting sports journalist in S.C. As columnist in ~ The Post and also Courier the covers Clemson, south Carolina and other exciting things. The likes food and also has winner the reputation Judson Chapman award 3 times.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and South Carolina head coach will certainly Muschamp meet prior come Saturday night"s Clemson success at death Valley. Gwinn Davis/Special come The Post and also Courier


The charmed team of 2012 and also 2013 southern Carolina grads have the right to relate to this overly blessed existing Clemson upperclassmen.

The go together up students on The Hill walk nuts when Travis Etienne plowed into the end zone to start No. 2 Clemson’s second-half dominance.

"Even if we win 65-64. Also if we victory 2-0," Swinney said. "It"s a win."

Though not all 5 game win streaks are alike.

Difficulty vs. More

Degree the difficulty?

No question, leaf to southern Carolina’s streak.

It to be the ideal stretch in Gamecock soccer history, certification Steve Spurrier and also a rare actors of upstream NFL future led through Jadeveon Clowney, Marcus Lattimore, Alshon Jeffery, Melvin Ingram and also Stephon Gilmore. Quarterbacks Stephen Garcia, Connor Shaw and also Dylan Thompson no blink.

And a big reason it was so glorious was due to the fact that South Carolina beat four ranked Clemson teams, 2 ACC Atlantic department champions and also one ACC champ.

But sustainability?


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Five no look choose a stopping point for Swinney and Co. Therefore far, they have actually a man 62 wins native 2014-2018.

The power Rangers beginning defensive line, one of the finest in the history of the sport, i will not ~ be approximately in 2019 yet the Clemson skill-position talent returning is just silly: Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Tavien Feaster, Lyn-J Dixon, Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross, Amari Rodgers, Derion Kendrick …

Bentley and first-year attack coordinator Bryan McClendon were efficiently aggressive Saturday night, nothing choose the southern Carolina approach in 2016 (56-7 loss) and 2017 (34-10).

Hats off to Muschamp and McClendon because that going because that it early fourth-and-goal native the 2. That’s what 26-point underdogs need to do.

But Clemson made the Gamecocks pay for a Bentley misfire with a 98-yard journey in i m sorry 315-pound defensive tackle Christian Wilkins soared over Sherrod Greene for a touchdown and celebrated v a Heisman Trophy pose.

Future streaks, Spurrier

South Carolina during its success streak beat 2 favored Clemson groups (2009 and also 2012).

No such obstacles for the recent Tigers, favored every of the last five years and also by 20 clues or more three times. Because that the 3rd time in his 3 years as southern Carolina head coach, Muschamp was means undermanned Saturday night.

Clemson took advantage of one injury-riddled team there is no its two best players on defense, D.J. Wonnum and also Bryson Allen-Williams.

The patchwork an additional was suitable up against the deepest recipient talent in college football.

More Gamecocks fell as the night walk on.

South Carolina, Gamecock country fondly recalls, won all five of its “streak” gamings by double-digits. Versus Clemson groups that on violation alone boasted future NFL players DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, Andre Ellington, Adam Humphries and Dwayne Allen through play-calling guru Chad Morris running the show.

But Clemson tasks as a favorite next year.

And the next.

At the very least the Gamecocks still have actually Spurrier on their side.

Sort of.

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“Dabo does a supervisor job, and he walk it through class,” the Head ball Coach said Larry Williams the TigerIllustrated.com this week. “Yeah i pull for Dabo. Not in this one, the course. However other times— I’m not consumed up v the rivalry now because I don"t live in southern Carolina.”

Both sides have the right to agree ~ above one thing: naught in this rivalry is more joyful or painful than a five-game win streak.