wspa staff - COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 18, 2015) - The game times and network designations of South Carolina's first three football games of the 2015 season were announced today during the news and information show SEC Now on SEC Network.
The 2015 season will open on Thursday, September 3, when the Gamecocks take on North Carolina in the Belk College Kickoff Game in Charlotte. Game time is set for 6 p.m. ET and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN. North Carolina leads the all-time series between the bordering state flagship universities that dates back to 1903 by a 34-18-2 count, but the Gamecocks have won the last two and five of the last six meetings between the two schools, including a 27-10 win in Columbia to open the 2013 season.
The Gamecocks' home opener, scheduled for Saturday, September 12 against Kentucky, will have a 7:30 p.m. ET kick and will be televised on the SEC Network. South Carolina holds a 17-8-1 advantage in the all-time series with Kentucky, including wins in 13 of the last 15 meetings between the two SEC Eastern Division rivals.
South Carolina will travel to Athens on Saturday, September 19, for its annual battle with the Georgia Bulldogs. ESPN will broadcast that game nationally, beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Georgia holds the series lead, 47-18-2, but Carolina has won four of the last five meetings, including a 38-35 win last season in Columbia.
Additional selections will be determined as the season progresses.