WATCH: South Carolina coach Will Muschamp previews 'passionate game' against Clemson
Will Muschamp believes that South Carolina-Clemson is “one of the great rivalries in college football.” However, it’s been one-sided over the last four years, as the Gamecocks haven’t beat the Tigers since 2013.
During his press conference on Tuesday, Muschamp said that South Carolina lost its composure at times during last year’s loss to Clemson. But the coach believes the Gamecocks are better prepared to compete this year against the No. 2 team in the country.
“A passionate game, very important to our state,” Muschamp said during his press conference. “We went up there our first year and had some guys that just flat out didn’t compete. That wasn’t going to happen again. … We’re much better now than we were then.”
Muschamp said cornerback Jaycee Horn practiced on Tuesday and is expected to play against Clemson, along with running back A.J. Turner. He is also hoping that defensive end Aaron Sterling will be able to play.
In order to snap their losing streak against the Tigers, the Gamecocks will likely need to limit Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who Muschamp praised at his press conference.
”He’s really accurate with the football. Just a really good command of what they do,” Muschamp said. “There’s not a lot of reduction in what they do in the last few years just because he’s a freshman.”
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South Carolina is heading to Clemson Memorial Stadium, a tough road environment, this weekend. However, Muschamp didn’t comment on that when given the opportunity.
Muschamp was asked to share the loudest stadium he has heard in his career.
“Williams-Brice Stadium,” Muschamp said.
Then, he was asked for the loudest road stadium he has heard.
“Williams-Brice Stadium,” Muschamp replied.
South Carolina and Clemson are set to kick off at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.