COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Palmetto Bowl. That's the name of the rivalry game between the Gamecocks and Tigers.
On Saturday, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University are set to meet on the football field for the 112th time, dating back to their first gridiron encounter in 1896. One of the most storied and historic rivalries in all of college football, the annual game between the state's largest public institutions has never had an official name, until now.
The athletic departments of both schools announced this week the official adoption of 'The Palmetto Bowl' as the name of the game.
"From `Big Thursday' to `The Palmetto Bowl,' there is so much history and tradition to showcase about this rivalry," said South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner. "The Palmetto Bowl gives this rivalry an identity that highlights the State of South Carolina and the accomplishments of these outstanding institutions."
"This is one of the premier games every year in college football, and it's a great opportunity for our institutions to increase exposure to the State of South Carolina and all the great people here," Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. "To name this game The Palmetto Bowl hopefully adds to the identity of this great rivalry."
A trophy and logo will be developed and unveiled prior to the 2015 game.
The Gamecocks and Tigers kick off at 12 noon Saturday, in a contest set for broadcast on ESPN.