There’s always a new wrinkle or two, something that might work against a certain look on defense, something that might make Nick Saban or another potential winter opponent think twice.
One minute former Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro was in a Zaxby’s restaurant in Charleston and the next he was on the way to the airport for a flight to Charlotte to join the Carolina Panthers.
Gene Sapakoff column: Early returns have South Carolina and Clemson merely in the middle of the pack in a ranking of Palmetto State college basketball teams, and an unexpected Upstate power axis
Gene Sapakoff column: The only solution better than an eight-team College Football Playoff for upset Georgia and Ohio State fans is a 12-team playoff with byes and on-campus sites
Gene Sapakoff column: ACC football and the ACC Championship Game need a boost; here's a five-point tweak plan in the wake of another Clemson title.
Clemson likely is headed for a College Football Playoff clash with Notre Dame; how the Tigers match up with the Fighting Irish and other possible playoff foes.
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp unintentionally lumped Daniel Fennell's knee injury against Clemson with a postgame complaint about "illegal cut blocks"
Gene Sapakoff: Christian Wilkins will not win the Heisman Trophy or even come close, but Clemson's defensive tackle/running back/leader ought to be one of the finalists joining Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in New York City
Gene Sapakoff column: The Gamecocks can carry Jake Bentley's 510-yard passing game at Clemson and Will Muschamp's willingness to let an offensive coordinator go nuts into a more positive off-season
Will Muschamp, Jake Bentley and the entire South Carolina graduating classes of 2018 and 2019 are caught up in an orange swirl. Dabo Swinney, Tajh Boyd and a few Clemson classes can relate to the impact of a five-game rivalry streak full of joy and pain.
Pigskin Picks: Best, worse and most logical cases for heavy underdog South Carolina at Clemson; Iron Bowl spin, courtesy of The Citadel; Georgia Tech vs. Georgia; Florida vs. Florida State; Michigan vs. Ohio State
Gene Sapakoff column: More of Clemson dominance than South Carolina shortcomings are reflected in combined Tiger-Gamecock lineups for the most recent three seasons.
Gene Sapakoff column: While South Carolina has had many problems during a four-game losing streak to Clemson, kicker Parker White gained new confidence from his performance against the Tigers last season.
The South Carolina-Clemson football rivalry has had some amusing trash-talking highlights starring Steve Spurrier, Ben Boulware, Jadeveon Clowney and Deshaun Watson.
Steve Spurrier and South Carolina might have forced Dabo Swinney, 112-30 as Clemson's head coach, out of the state with a victory at Death Valley in 2008 when Swinney had an interim tag.
The point spread in the South Carolina-Clemson football game set for Saturday night at Death Valley, and the history of spreads in the rivalry.
Gene Sapakoff column: Bring on the Charity Bowl concept, a fan donation competition culminating in a football game with a large charity check on the line. It will make Tigers vs. Gamecocks the envy of rivalries, a media darling and pride-worthy even if you’re on the losing side.
Pigskin Picks: South Carolina Gamecocks' Senior Night for Summerville's Zack Bailey, and games including Duke at Clemson and Syracuse vs. Notre Dame
Gene Sapakoff column: Forget a game plan on defense for Saturday's game against Chattanooga; South Carolina needs an extra week of tackling drills to shore up a glaring weakness bad enough to set new records.
Gene Sapakoff column: Like the late Gainesville native Tom Petty, Florida didn't back down against South Carolina after the Gamecocks ran out of gas on defense and out of an all gas, no brakes attack on offense
Pigskin Picks: Why a dreary day at Boston College is ideal for Clemson, and forecasting an SEC East upset pick. Also Samford at The Citadel and Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson's football winning machine will go on but the Tigers will never be able to duplicate the combined leadership of Hunter Renfrow and Christian Wilkins
The Florida game is an 'indicator' for the South Carolina football team, says Willie McClendon, former star running back at Georgia and father of Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon.
Gene Sapakoff: Why defensive coordinator Brent Venables is happy with the progress of his Clemson defense going into the college football stretch drive, starting with a big game at Boston College
Pigskin Picks: Including Alabama at LSU, South Carolina at Ole Miss, Louisville at Clemson, The Citadel at Western Carolina and starring the Gamecocks' Wonnum brothers
Gene Sapakoff column: While the SEC has benefited from South Carolina's 2017 Final Four run, the Gamecocks have not. If last year’s 17-16 finish and no postseason appearance was the post-Final Four norm, empty seats eventually will dictate change. If it was part of a short rebuilding phase, CLA will start rocking again soon.
If South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley responds better to duress than clean slates and clean pockets, it’s time to get creative.
Clemson's 59-10 rout of Florida State is more evidence that a once-great ACC rivalry is dead or very dormant. Too bad, because the formerly feared Seminoles made Clemson get better.
Tennessee at South Carolina, Clemson at Florida State and The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party are key games for Week 9 of the college football season. With a little mullet mixed in.
Steve Spurrier’s unprecedented South Carolina football success still towers over Will Muschamp, and Spurrier’s neglect of recruiting undermines his successor even as the Gamecocks prepare for a Saturday night home game against Tennessee.
Miffed at South Carolina's 3-3 record? The Gamecocks Blame Percentage Chart (GBPC) is probably not what you think, not if you’re used to pointing fingers at quarterbacks and other conspicuous skill-position players.
Gene Sapakoff column: The notion that Clemson can’t do anything about a soft ACC schedule is false; Dabo Swinney and his staff have artfully responded, showing again in a win over No. 16 N.C. State that they mix reserves into a formula that wins lopsided games and saves energy for closer battles.
Pigskin Picks: Featuring key Week 8 games such as N.C. State at Clemson, The Citadel at VMI, Mississippi State at LSU, Michigan at Michigan State and Auburn at Ole Miss
What a sham. Charleston Southern was hit with NCAA penalties for eligibility and bookstore violations over six years, but it all amounts to the ruling body of college athletics coming down with its arbitrary hammer while bigger fish - such as North Carolina basketball - are allowed to swim away unpunished.
Gene Sapakoff column: Former Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, a longtime South Carolina resident, left a complicated legacy of racism and charity. And former Gamecocks star Jackie Bradley Jr. is leaving his own impression on the storied baseball franchise.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson's secondary has made strides but must make a major statement Saturday against N.C. State's Ryan Finley, by far the best quarterback on the Tigers' schedule
Gene Sapakoff column: The extreme ups and downs of the 2018 South Carolina football season, including Saturday's 26-23 loss to Texas A&M, are not much different from the State Fair across the street from Williams-Brice Stadium
Pigskin Picks: Texas A&M at South Carolina, Georgia at LSU and 2018 college football season halftime highlights
South Carolina’s quarterback controversy — Jake Bentley vs. Michael Scarnecchia — is wonderful, considering the Gamecocks had one less SEC victory and one less proven quarterback alternative last week
Cullen Harper, former quarterback and current MUSC dental student, reflects on the week Dabo Swinney was promoted to head coach, the most transformative days in Clemson program history.
Pigskin Picks: Week 6 includes such key games as Missouri at South Carolina, Clemson at Wake Forest, LSU at Florida and Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas
South Carolina's football schedule is more difficult than anticipated while Clemson's keeps getting easier, which is a problem for both teams.
Gene Sapakoff column: All but two of Will Muschamp's 13 South Carolina football losses have come against coaches on their jobs longer than he has been in Columbia, but now comes a key five-game SEC stretch where Muschamp has more tenure than his foes. Will it make a difference?
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson in a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives against Syracuse, went from just another former playoff contender to a team Swinney insists will benefit from the adversity. He just might be right.
Pigskin Picks: Picking winners for Week 5 of the college football season, including the South Carolina-Kentucky, Clemson-Syracuse, Citadel-Towseon and Ohio State-Penn State games.
Gene Sapakoff column: Kelly Bryant's decision leaves Clemson in a tough spot with quarterback depth, and puts a blemish on Bryant's football resume
Gene Sapakoff column: The Gamecocks must put a halt to a four-game football losing streak against Kentucky, or pay fans off with bourbon and other Blue Grass State stuff
Gene Sapakoff column: A mixed bag for former Lowcountry high school stars A.J. Green and Carlos Dunlap in the Cincinnati Bengals' NFL loss to the Carolina Panthers, an injury for Green and a great game for Dunlap
Gene Sapakoff column: Freshman Trevor Lawrence showed Saturday at Georgia Tech why he likely will supplant Kelly Bryant as Clemson's starting quarterback in the next week or so