Clemson's biggest rival is the University of South Carolina. These two schools are both public institutions in the state of South Carolina and are separated by just 132 miles. Clemson has other rivals in the Atlantic Coast conference, including Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech and Boston College.
The football rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina dates back to 1896, and the schools have played each other every year since 1909 without interruption, as of 2014. In 111 meetings, Clemson has won 65, South Carolina has won 42 and there have been four ties. The yearly game between Clemson and South Carolina is sometimes called "The Palmetto Bowl" as South Carolina's nickname is "The Palmetto State."