Tuesday Nov. 25, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Since South Carolina isn't playing for the Southeastern Conference title, coach Steve Spurrier says Saturday's
game against Clemson is the biggest game of the year.
Spurrier says a win over the Gamecocks' biggest rival can give them momentum that has been lacking in the past. The Tigers have won two of three from Spurrier and nine of the last 11 games.
Spurrier has worried about making too much of the rivalry. He pulled down the "Beat Clemson" signs from the locker room when he arrived. But he says as long as the Gamecocks aren't in the SEC title mix, this is their biggest game of the year.
Spurrier says Chris Smelley will start at quarterback, and says he has no immediate plans to bring in Stephen Garcia, who is recovering from the flu.
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