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
|Thursday||Aug. 29||North Carolina||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||Sept. 7||Georgia||Athens, Ga.|
|Saturday||Sept. 14||Vanderbilt||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||Sept. 28||Central Florida||Orlando, Fla.|
|Saturday||Oct. 5||Kentucky||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||Oct. 12||Arkansas||Fayetteville, Ark.|
|Saturday||Oct. 19||Tennessee||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Saturday||Oct. 26||Missouri||Columbia, Mo.|
|Saturday||Nov. 2||Mississippi State||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||Nov. 16||Florida||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||Nov. 23||Coastal Carolina||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||Nov. 30||Clemson||Columbia, S.C.|