South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Clemson Tigers Pick, Trends, and Preview

South Carolina Gamecocks
(8-3, 6-5 ATS)

Clemson Tigers
(6-5, 5-6 ATS)

The SEC East champions will be in action one last time in the regular season, as they are going to take on the Clemson Tigers in Death Valley in NCAA football betting action on Saturday night.

South Carolina just has not let up one bit this year, save for a dud against the Arkansas Razorbacks. If you discount that game, since the middle of October, the Gamecocks are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS and they are coming off of two of their most impressive showings of the year, a dominant win over the Florida Gators in the Swamp and a 69-24 triumph over the Troy Trojans last week in the home finale. We already know that the Auburn Tigers are up next week for SC in the SEC Championship Game, marking the first time that they will play in the game. We don’t really think that there is going to be a lot of complacency though, as the Gamecocks were able to get up for last week’s game and certainly won’t need any more motivation to get ready for this one either. The skills players for HC Steve Spurrier are simply amazing. RB Marcus Lattimore already has 1,066 rushing yards and 17 TDs scores on the campaign. He also has 287 yards on 18 receptions and two more TDs. However, when you’re talking about the favorites targets for QB Stephen Garcia, the discussion starts and stops with WR Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey has 70 receptions for 1,210 yards and seven tuddies.

Clemson has to be worried whether it really has a bowl game on lockdown or not, as not all of the ACC teams are guaranteed bowl bids this year. We tend to think that someone is going to accept the Tigers win or lose in this one, but a seventh win would certainly remove any doubt. Clemson has only won back to back games twice this year, and it has yet to string three straight ‘W’s together. The other problem that we have with the Tigers is that they really don’t have those fantastic wins to fall back on. Beating the Maryland Terrapins and NC State Wolfpack were impressive, but these other five losses were just iffy, and there were no other wins of note either. At times, this offense feels like it revolves exclusively on the back on RB Andre Ellington. He has 684 rushing yards, 110 receiving yards, and another 238 on returns this year, with a total of a dozen TDs. He missed last week’s game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with a toe injury and is questionable for this one as well. In Ellington’s absence, RB Jamie Harper has run wild. He has 285 yards on the ground in his last two overall, and he has found pay dirt in three straight, totaling nine scores for the season.

The Tigers are good enough to win this game, but we tend to believe that the Gamecocks are just too hot to stop right now. Spurrier isn’t going to let South Carolina let up now, as a huge winning streak capped by a BCS bowl win and finishing the year in the Top 10 in the nation are both goals that can be reached, but not without a ‘W’ here in Death Valley.

NCAA Football Free Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks -2.5

Blair: I want to save planet for kids.(News)

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) June 24, 1997 | Maguire, Kevin Doting dad Tony Blair yesterday vowed to save the planet for his kids.

In a powerful speech to a huge United Nations conference on the environment, the Premier revealed how much he misses Euan, 13, Nicky, 11, and Kathryn, nine, when he is working abroad. here planets for kids

He told the E2 summit in New York: “My children complain I am never at home.

“But if there is one summit they would want me at, it is this one.

“They know our decisions here will have a profound effect on the world they inherit.

“So I speak to you not just as the new British Prime Minister, but as a father.” Blair, who arrived home with wife Cherie this morning, has been on five foreign trips in his eight weeks as Prime Minister.

At the New York summit, he vowed Britain would more than double its third world aid, and halve deaths from poverty by 2015. this web site planets for kids

He attacked “great industrialised nations,” like America for wasting precious resources and destroying the atmosphere.

Blair also called for better transport and energy conservation, and greater use of wind, wave and solar energy.

Blair is likely to put up car and petrol taxes as part of his “green Government”.

And he wants British businesses to concentrate on making more environmentally friendly products.

The PM promised to do more to stop the pollution that causes global warming, and took a swipe at the USA and Japan for not meeting anti-pollution targets set five years ago.

He called for cleaner drinking water for all, and demanded more action to protect the rain forests.

Blair said: “Our duty as world leaders is to hand on an environment that will enable our children and grandchildren to enjoy the same full life we took for granted.” German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is tipping Blair to take over from him as the uncrowned leader of Europe.

Kohl has been the strongest leader in the EU for years. But he recently told a US official he “will not be around forever”.

He reckons Blair, who has impressed his fellow leaders, will be “the next big player in Europe”.

Maguire, Kevin

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