South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler is focused on what’s next.
For him, next is Clemson, on Saturday at noon. Then it’s a bowl game.
From there, well, that is to be determined at a later date.
“My focus right now is getting through this next game or two and we’ll go from there,” Rattler said.
Right now, rivalries in college football take precedent over the NFL.
“I know it’s a big rivalry, but I’m kind of new to it,” Rattler said. “I know it’s a serious, serious rivalry. I asked what’s bigger, OU-Texas or this. He had his opinions on it and everybody wants this game, so this is something we all want to win. We want to go in there and play at a high level.”
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Rattler, who transferred from Oklahoma earlier this year, is coming off the best performance of his college career, when he threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns against Tennessee. South Carolina won, 63-38.
For the season, Rattler has passed for 2,406 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He’s completed nearly 67 percent of his passes, averaged 7.7 yards per attempt and has a rating of 140.93.
South Carolina will face a Clemson defense that’s giving up 214.5 yards per game, which is No. 51 in the country. Opposing passers have a rating of 121.97 against the Tigers. That‘s 35th.
“Their front seven is really good,” Rattler said. “Every single defensive lineman is really good. … They are very athletic and very big. They play really hard. We are going to have to match that and bring that intensity and do our job.”
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