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Swinney, Spurrier talk about importance of rivalry game

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Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney (left) and South Carolina Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier. (File/FOX Carolina) Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney (left) and South Carolina Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The coaches of both the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks talked about the importance of this weekend's rivalry game.

The Battle of the Palmetto State will happen under the lights of Memorial Stadium in Clemson at 7 p.m. Saturday.

For fans, it's usually about bragging rights for the rest of the year, but for the coaches it's about national rankings and moving closer to a bid at a bowl game.

"You'd be incredibly disappointed if you don't win this ball game," Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney said. "It's not only the biggest game of the year, it's the most special. You [have] got to live with it the rest of the year."

Clemson is hoping to break a three-game losing streak against the Gamecocks during Saturday's game. The Gamecocks have not had four-straight wins against Clemson since 1954 - the team's longest winning streak against the Tigers.

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier said he is hoping for a repeat of last year's defense-powered win against Clemson's strong offense. Spurrier said he realizes that Clemson is playing better this year, averaging 535 yards per game.

"Overall, offensively, they've got all the positions covered," Spurrier said. "Receivers, tight ends, offensive line, running backs and their quarterback has really been good. So, it will be a big challenge for us."

The rivalry began in 1896, and the Tigers lead the series 65-40-4.

Clemson's home record against South Carolina is 16-9-1.

The game will be televised on ESPN.

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