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COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur) - The Southeastern Conference released the times of the first three
weeks of football games early Monday morning confirming that, once
again, head coach Steve Spurrier and his team will open on college football's first day.
previously released, the Gamecocks will open the season at Vanderbilt
at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN, which marks the sixth time in Spurrier's eight
seasons that the team will play prior to the opening Saturday.
This will also mark the second time in program history that South
Carolina has opened the season on the road against Vanderbilt. In 2004,
Lou Holtz led the team to a 31-6 win over the Commodores.
The home opener against East Carolina will kickoff at 12:21 p.m.
EDT on Saturday, September 8 at Williams-Brice Stadium on the SEC
Network. This is the second straight season that the teams have met with
the Gamecocks winning a 56-37 decision last season at Bank of America
Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
South Carolina is scheduled to play East Carolina again on August
30 in Charlotte in 2014 and then again on the road September 5 at
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Gamecocks and Pirates are scheduled to meet
one final time at a still to be determined date in 2016. That game will
be at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The final game time announced on Monday was the September 15
clash against Alabama-Birmingham. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Fox
Sports Net at Williams-Brice Stadium. Spurrier has led the Gamecocks
against the Blazers once, in 2008, which resulted in a 26-13 home
victory. The only other time in program history the two teams have met
was in 2003 when Holtz saw his team dismantle UAB 42-10.
The rest of the dates and times should be released throughout the
course of the season. South Carolina typically has one Pay-Per-View
game each season and, assuming that occurs this year, it will likely be
Wofford on November 17.