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Bars and restaurants expect larger crowds than years past for Clemson-USC game

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Bars and restaurants are gearing up for a showdown Saturday night between the USC Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers.

"Tomorrow is going to be one, crazy day here," says Dennis Schafer, the co-owner of The Roost.  "We're going to have Carolina and Clemson fans all over the place."

"It's even bigger this year because both are in the top ten, which I think is the first time this has ever happened," says Robert Bonnette, the owner of Blue's Local Grill.

A Clemson graduate himself, Bonnette is right. Saturday's game is the first face-off since 1909 in which both teams are in the top ten. He has an oyster roast planned for the big game, and he says they will sell about 1,000 wings in just two hours.

"Weather is supposed to be perfect. We'll have a ton of to go food, people that are having their parties at their house."

Across town at The Roost in West Ashley, Schafer says they will transform their parking lot into the ultimate tailgating experience.

And while both expect a fair share of trash talking, they say it's a friendly rivalry.

"I think everybody has fun together. I don't see too much arguing. I think everybody is going to have a good time."

"When it's all said and done everybody is still friends. It kind of comes to a head this weekend with everybody taking a lot of smack."

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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