Clemson Football: Todd Ellis’ comments come back to bite him again

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 09: A general view of the field before the start of the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 09: A general view of the field before the start of the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /
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Do you remember that time that Todd Ellis said Clemson was cycling out? Well, things haven’t gone very well for the Gamecocks since that comment.

The Clemson football program is on top of the CFB world and the Tigers don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

In the past five seasons, the Tigers have won five-straight ACC Championships, made four National Championship appearances and won two National Titles.

Just a little more than three years ago, though, former South Carolina QB and current play-by-play announcer Todd Ellis made a proclamation that has continuously come back up to bite him since that very moment.

"“Clemson is scared to death of Will Muschamp’s progress,” Ellis said back in 2017. “We’re the up and coming team. They’re cycling out, we’re cycling in. That’s a big part of the fear of the Tigers right now.”"

Austin Pendergist posted an interesting graphic that shows just how things have gone for the Gamecocks since Ellis’s comments.

Clemson is currently on a six-game winning streak over the Gamecocks and have collectively beaten South Carolina by a score of 128-48 in the past three outings since Ellis’ comments. That’s an average victory of 26.7 points per game, for those of you playing along at home.

The Tigers also continue to win championships and have gone on to have 16 players drafted since those comments. South Carolina has had half as many at eight.

So, Ellis must be talking about recruiting then, right?

Well, as Pendergist points out: The lowest recruiting class Clemson has in the past four cycles is No. 10. The Gamecocks have yet to crack the top-15.

Who knew cycling out could be so fun?

Next. Dabo Swinney is the best coach in the nation. dark

As Clemson continues to see its success soar, South Carolina remains in mediocrity. The Tigers are competing for CFB Playoff appearances and National Championships. The Gamecocks are competing for fourth place in the SEC East.