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Too early for Palmetto panic? Gamecocks, Tigers each 0-1 for 1st time in 15 years

  • Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks to players on the field in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks to players on the field in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, left, scrambles to get away from the defense of Georgia's Leonard Floyd in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, left, scrambles to get away from the defense of Georgia's Leonard Floyd in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) drops a pass as Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts (23) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Texas A&M won 52-28. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) drops a pass as Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts (23) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Texas A&M won 52-28. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  (The Associated Press)

Maybe it's not too early for some Palmetto panic after No. 9 South Carolina and No. 16 Clemson both were blown out on opening weekend.

It's the first time in 15 years the Palmetto State's teams each started 0-1. More than the defeats might be how awful the Gamecocks and Tigers looked in the losses minus the stars they counted on the past few seasons.

No. 21 Texas A&M and first-time quarterback starter Kenny Hill put up 680 yards of offense, the most allowed in Gamecocks' history in a 52-28 victory last Thursday night.

Then Saturday, Clemson and its fast-paced, high-flying attack was held scoreless in the second half — the first time that's happened in coordinator Chad Morris' four seasons — in No. 12 Georgia's 45-21 win.