USC-UNC season opener kickoff time set

GoGamecocks staff reportsMarch 5, 2013 

South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington (23)

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina's season opener vs. North Carolina on Aug. 29 will kick off at 6 p.m., it was announced Tuesday.

The Thursday game will be televised nationally on ESPN from Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

The Aug. 29 game will mark the 56th football meeting between the two schools and the first since 2007. North Carolina holds a 34-17-4 lead in the all-time series, but South Carolina won that last meeting 21-15 in Chapel Hill and has won four of the last five contests, dating back to 1988. UNC holds a 14-9-1 advantage in games played in Columbia.

Since head coach Steve Spurrier took over the program in 2005, South Carolina has played 10 Thursday night ESPN contests. The Gamecocks are 8-2 in Thursday night games under Spurrier, including a 5-1 record at home and a 3-1 mark on the road.

The Gamecocks are 6-0 in season openers on Thursdays under Spurrier.

FULL SCHEDULE FOR 2013

DayDateOpponentLocation
ThursdayAug. 29North CarolinaColumbia, S.C.
SaturdaySept. 7GeorgiaAthens, Ga.
SaturdaySept. 14VanderbiltColumbia, S.C.
SaturdaySept. 28Central FloridaOrlando, Fla.
SaturdayOct. 5KentuckyColumbia, S.C.
SaturdayOct. 12ArkansasFayetteville, Ark.
SaturdayOct. 19TennesseeKnoxville, Tenn.
SaturdayOct. 26MissouriColumbia, Mo.
SaturdayNov. 2Mississippi StateColumbia, S.C.
SaturdayNov. 16FloridaColumbia, S.C.
SaturdayNov. 23Coastal CarolinaColumbia, S.C.
SaturdayNov. 30ClemsonColumbia, S.C.

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