Clemson (11-0, 8-0 ACC) enters Saturday’s contest versus South Carolina (3-8, 1-7 SEC) as a 17.5-point favorite, but several Gamecocks commits are holding firm in their predictions despite the overwhelming odds stacked against the program.
SEC Country polled several members of South Carolina’s 2016 class to gauge their prediction for this year’s Palmetto Bowl.
Check them out below:
Brandon Mcllwain, QB, Council Rock North (Newton, Penn.), committed to South Carolina: “35-31, South Carolina wins. Perry Orth is going to have a big game.”
Pete Leota, OL, Asheville (Asheville, N.C.), committed to South Carolina: “Well, as you know, I’m always going to pull for South Carolina because they’re my team. USC 24, Clemson 21.”
JJ Givens, S, Atlee (Mechanicsville, Va.), committed to South Carolina: “USC by one. Watch for the upset.”
Will Putnam, OL, Hickory Ridge (Harrisburg, N.C.), committed to South Carolina: “I think South Carolina wins because it’s coach (Shawn) Elliott’s final opportunity to prove himself and it would be a big program win.”
Kelvin Harmon, WR, Palmyra (Palmyra, N.J.), committed to South Carolina: “Not sure.”
Chris Smith, CB, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.), committed to South Carolina: “31-24, South Carolina. Despite the losses, the Gamecocks always play hard against Clemson. And Clemson is going to come in with its head high because it’s No. 1. I think South Carolina will upset them.”
CJ Freeman, RB, Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.), committed to South Carolina: “The upset. Teams play differently when their backs are against the wall and are playing with nothing to lose. These boys have that dog in them. They’re hungry for the win.”
Lloyd Cushenberry, OL, Dutchtown (Geismar, La.), committed to South Carolina: “I think South Carolina is going to pull off the upset. I just think they’re going to play harder than ever because they have nothing to lose.”