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Gamecocks, Tar Heels look forward to playing on national stage

When North Carolina and South Carolina meet in Charlotte to open the college football season, both programs will look to fill in a few blanks regarding their programs.

But there is one question that fans are obviously interested in. Exactly who is the better Carolina when it comes to football?

The season opener, which is now less than 30 days away, will provide an opportunity for the Gamecocks and the Tar Heels to claim bragging rights in the border battle. The last time these two teams met, the game was stopped in the third quarter due to lightning near Williams-Brice Stadium.

But that was then and both programs are looking to make a name for themselves this season football fans across the nation looking on.

“Any college football player worth a salt is looking to play big games,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said, “and that’s why you play the games. You want to play big games. So, I think our guys are really looking forward to it. I think it’s good when you have one like this because it gives your guys extra incentive the whole offseason and through the summer grind and through camp.”

Needless to say, the Tar Heels are looking forward to having the opportunity to play on this big stage. However, it’s something that the Gamecocks look forward to as well every year.

“We’ve opened up college football something like nine of the last 10 years,” Spurrier said. “They’re looking forward to it. It’s obviously good for you if you’re able to win the game. If you get clobbered, it wouldn’t be very good for you. But we’ve been pretty successful in just about all of the games.”

This year’s contest will be the third in eight years between the programs, but there has been talk of possibly having this game more often. It’s an idea that Fedora doesn’t oppose.

“I think it’s good,” Fedora said. “I think it’s good for our program. Probably good for their program, I guess. I don’t know. I think it has to matchup scheduling wise and, if it does, I think it’s good.”

The Gamecocks take on the North Carolina in the Belk College Kickoff Game on September 3 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

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