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Old 05-13-2014, 06:43 AM   #1
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Default CAROLINA vs CLEMSON (Five Years Later)

I'd like to hear some of your thoughts about what you think changed the
rivalry.

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I'm a "BLACK & WHITE" kind of guy myself. I remember on this board in 2008
when we were talking about what it would take to "Turn The Corner" or
get to a point where we were competitive in the Rivalry game with Clemson.
Ideas were thrown out (all of which had been discussed for years) with no
real solutions ever being produced up until that time. ..... My opinion at that
time was that in order for South Carolina to start winning in the Rivalry
game, we would have to put together a string of wins (more than 2) and
(I thought) one of those wins would have to be DECISIVE ! ... meaning
a blowout, or more than a 3-4 TD margin. .. My opinion then was that
the game was basically a "head" thing with us. Most of the kids playing
grew up in the State of SC and had been saturated with the annual
game, and had taken sides in it, and were surrounded by family members
who were passionate in their loyalty to one of the teams. .. With that,
the majority of the teams knew where their team stood and with SC, it
was that they had grown up knowing of the one sided record towards
Clemson, and the pressure that was on the Gamecocks to try to change
that.....then they became members of the Garnet and Black, and it was
partly their responsibility to correct the situation. I think at points in the
game up until the 2009 and 2010 wins, every time something went wrong
in the game, almost collectively the team subconsciously went "OH NO,
HERE WE GO AGAIN". ....

Five Years Later:
For whatever it was starting in 2009, South Carolina has shaken that
"funk". I really did feel like a string of victories in our favor was essential
to getting our team feeling like we were better than Clemson going into the
game. We got that string of wins. We've yet to Blow Clemson out (for a
single game anyway), but winning five in a row by a Double Digit margin
of victory has (IMO) served the same purpose as a Blowout win. We just
graduated / completed the year were there should be no single player
who was around when we won the game in 2009. A full class who began
the streak is now gone, yet all the talk surrounding the program is about
OUR recent dominance, and OUR taking over the rivalry now. The class
of 2009 has changed the rivalry for SC, like no other in the history of the
program. We go into the game now feeling like we will win, instead of
Hoping we Can win. We've stopped hoping that this will be the year we'll
win that second game in a row to almost feeling like We Will Not Lose Again.

What do you guys think was the "X" factor in the change ?
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