Originally Posted by Coulwoodwarlord
I do think it is about mind set now. Ours and theirs. If you would have asked me two years ago when we went into the Valley with Thompson, I would have told you we had them beat before we even stepped onto the field. I truly believed that. There wasn't a question in my mind at home last year.
And now, as another date in the Valley approaches, I have no fear, nor trepidation. We believe, therefore we are. They have the clock, we need no such mind games, we just need to bring it.
That was my opinion for years as to why Clemson owned the rivalry.
I think with so many kids on the team that grew up in, played HS in
and wanted to stay IN THE STATE, they knew pretty much everything
about the rivalry. They've heard it from their parents, their friends, their
school mates, the local media ...... They knew Clemson dominated the
rivalry for decades, and when they went to play for the teams, those
that went to SC were saturated with the fact that THEY Were now the
class that was on the line to change the rivalry, or continue to be
beaten down. .... When one little thing in the game went wrong, I think
it was almost a team wide OH F*** moment, ... Like, Here we go again.
NOW.. since those classes from 2009 and 2010 started winning, and
became the first team since 1970 to win back to back games... then
the first since that 1968-1970 class not to lose to SC. Not only just
the fact that they won, but won by double digit margins each year.
They were the first class to win four consecutive games for SC since
the late 40s / Early 50s and they established in the lower classmen,
the feeling of being the better program in the rivalry. .. Those teams
are now in the process of setting new records in the rivalry for Carolina
and the goal is well within reach to set new records in the State Game
over both teams. ..... in the process, we now have the mindset every
year of being the better team, and when those little things go wrong,
our guys don't get nervous ... have that OH S**T moment... now they
just play through the mistakes and overcome them (at least they have
the past few years) it seems they are now of the mindset they are
as good as anyone they play..... INCLUDING CLEMSON