Gene Sapakoff: The Gamecocks hope to make a significant 2020 stride after a 4-8 season but is 6-6 an acceptable gain?
Gene Sapakoff column: LSU's Joe Burrow put on the best quarterback show Clemson has ever faced, and ranks atop a list of Louisiana icons including Louis Armstrong, Huey Long and Shaq
Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence suffered his first college loss as the Tigers fell to LSU in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Lawrence fared better after the game, crediting LSU and taking the blame even as coaches and teammates had his back.
Gene Sapakoff: It's been quite a ride for Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott as Clemson's co-offensive coordinators, 70-4, two national championships and a deep friendship.
Gene Sapakoff column: A Clemson-LSU national championship game in New Orleans delivers a lot of crazy plays, and the football game might be pretty good, too
The Clemson Club of New Orleans is surrounded by a different bunch of Tigers, and ready to have a blast at the Clemson-LSU national championship game. And so are LSU fans in Charleston
Two elite football programs share so many things, including a mascot and Death Valley. But where do these Tigers earn their stripes in a wide-ranging comparison?
Defending champion Clemson is preparing to face LSU for the national title on Jan. 13 in New Orleans because of action, not words. But words matter and “love” is at the core of Clemson’s four national championship game appearances in five years.
The best secondary Clemson has fielded under head coach Dabo Swinney doesn’t have to win every Joe Burrow battle against LSU, it just has to win enough to give the Clemson offense enough opportunities to prevail.
Unlike last year at Notre Dame, Clemson played far from the perfect semifinal game against Ohio State, which should add spice to pre-national championship game practices and help the Tigers against LSU.
Gene Sapakoff column: If you can't stand Dabo Swinney's underdog dogma, brace for the Clemson coach loving a matchup vs. No. 1 LSU in its home state
Clemson and Ohio State played in one of the great College Football Playoff games, and chances are there will be more meetings between the teams in the future.
Clemson this season has not faced a player nearly as good as Ohio State's All-America defensive end Chase Young, but the Tigers have conquered NFL-ready talent in College Football Playoff games before.
With each victory over a ranked opponent on the road or at a neutral site, Clemson calls a Camden tombstone-maker to schedule a new addition to its campus football graveyard.
Clemson has had a remarkable run of good football health, including no major injuries to starters over the last two seasons.
To make a fifth straight College Football Playoff you have to be just good enough to play a significant role for an elite team, and not quite good enough to bolt for the NFL early. Four Clemson players fit the mold.
Ohio State long has had one of the nation's top football programs but is 0-5 against the Palmetto State in bowl games
Clemson's starting right guard Gage Cervenka won four state championships in a row and went 199-1 as a high school wrestler; the guy who beat him is pretty special, too, and still inspires Cervenka
South Carolina Gamecocks head football coach Will Muschamp presided over a program that slumped to 4-8 and missed a bowl trip, but kept his job with an awkward vote of confidence from new school president Bob Caslen
Gene Sapakoff column: Myrtle Beach High School quarterback Luke Doty isn't just one of the jewels of South Carolina's 2020 football recruiting class, he is likely to battle Ryan Hilinski for the starting quarterback job right away
Sapakoff: The family of Clemson All-America guard John Simpson will drive to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl, departing Christmas Eve for a 4,340-mile round trip from North Charleston to Arizona. Which is nothing new for Simpson's mom.
Gene Sapakoff column: If South Carolina Gamecocks sports fans are frustrated, they have a right; the confluence of football, men's basketball and baseball struggles plus Clemson's football success — all played out over social media — makes this a historically miserable stretch.
Gene Sapakoff: With 80 freshmen and sophomores and Dabo Swinney's best-rated recruiting class on the way, Clemson is likely to remain on top of the college football world.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson's coaching staff experience will pay off in the College Football Playoff, mostly because along with Dabo Swinney the Tigers have head coach-caliber talent in Tony Elliott, Jeff Scott and Brent Venables
Gene Sapakoff column: It's not just fantasy football league championships that make this columnist qualified to get South Carolina's offensive coordinator gig; he also called a play for the Gamecocks this season that gained 14 yards, much better than the team average
Gene Sapakoff column: Creative hires helped Virginia and North Carolina make ACC strides, but Clemson is a four-touchdown favorite in the ACC Championship Game and there is no short-term threat to the crown.
Gene Sapakoff column: Dabo Swinney went through hard times before winning two national titles. What South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp can learn from that as he ponders an offensive coordinator move likely to include the dismissal of Bryan McClendon
Pigskin Picks: VIP picker Morgan Nichols, Miss South Carolina, stops by to pick three Riivalry Week upsets on her way to the Miss America competition
The last four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half are considered critical to big-time college football success, and Clemson knows how to dominate as well as any team.
Sapakoff: Educators, politicians, entertainers and best-selling authors have honored former Summerville High School football coach John McKissick, who won more games than any high school, college or professional coach.
Gene Sapakoff: Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney took his lumps from Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks during a five-game losing streak to South Carolina. But Will Muschamp has it worse going against a Dabo Dynasty.
Gene Sapakoff column: Tanking for Tua Tagovailoa was a 2020 NFL draft thing until the Alabama quarterback was injured, and now serious quarterback-needy (or exceptionally smart) pro teams should go "all in" on Clemson's Trevor Lawrence for 2021
No. 3 Clemson is a heavy favorite, again, in the annual rivalry football game but South Carolina might be able to find hope in its stunning upset of Georgia, if not in Gamecocks-Tigers series history
Clemson’s self-described “most iconic structure” remains a blight on a great university. The building highlighted by a distinctive clock tower was completed in 1893 and in 1946 was named for a politician widely considered unusually racist even during the heart of a Jim Crow era infamous for institutional segregation.
Pigskin Picks: Starring Adam Gorlitsky, a paralyzed 32-year-old Wando High School and University of South Carolina graduate who founded igotlegs.org to help bridge the gap between "able-bodied and physically challenged" people, and who plans to do the Charleston Marathon in January.
Gene Sapakoff column: South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp is under fire, but new school President Bob Caslen is fanning the flames with one odd statement of "support" after another.
Gene Sapakoff column: A close-call in Chapel Hill was the best thing that could have happened to Clemson this season, and the Tigers owe North Carolina head coach Mack Brown a College Football Playoff ring for the fifth consecutive appearance that looks like a lock
Gene Sapakoff column: Many South Carolina fans thought Jake Bentley was a liability but at 4-6 it's time to re-think what kind of impact a senior quarterback full of SEC experience might have had on what's been a sour season
Gene Sapakoff column: Not that long ago, a Clemson coach bolted for Nick Saban's Alabama staff for job security reasons; two national titles and Crimson Tide slippage later, the Tigers are solidly on top of the rivalry
Carmen Camarillo and Juan Gonzalez lost their son Sergio Gonzalez in January of 2018 when the 15-year-old football and soccer player at Oceanside Academy collapsed at home and died a few days later. Sergio lives on through his little brother and a foundation that helps local kids play soccer.
Gene Sapakoff column: The South Carolina football team has a Carolinas-heavy football schedule this season; where the Gamecocks rank among the 10 FBS teams in the two states after the Appalachian State game
Pigskin Picks: Veteran ESPN and CBS college basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli has ties to many schools on this week's list, and takes to her VIP picker role with a competitive edge.
Gene Sapakoff: A 2019 College Football Playoff selection primer ahead of Tuesday night's first rankings of the season, including Clemson's eventually secure status
Gene Sapakoff column: Vanderbilt serves the SEC as help for struggling teams in need of slump help, and the Commodores came through Saturday night at South Carolina, which gained a much-needed victory
Pigskin Picks, Week 10: Starring VIP picker Langston Moore, former James Island High School, South Carolina Gamecocks and NFL defensive lineman