USC will play its first two football games of the 2010 season on national television, it was announced today.
The Gamecocks will open the season on Thursday, September 2 when they host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. That game will be televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. That game will be the first meeting ever on the gridiron between the two squads. It will also mark the sixth straight season in which the Gamecocks will play a Thursday night contest on ESPN and the fifth time in the six years under head coach Steve Spurrier that Carolina opens its season on a Thursday night.
The Gamecocks are a perfect 4-0 in season openers on Thursdays under Coach Spurrier.
Carolina will open Southeastern Conference play on Saturday, September 11, when the Gamecocks entertain the Georgia Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium. That contest will be televised nationally on either ESPN or ESPN2 with kick time slated for Noon ET.
The Bulldogs hold a 46-14-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a wild 41-37 win in Athens last season. The Gamecocks are 7-19-2 when hosting the Bulldogs in Columbia. The Gamecocks appeared on one of ESPN’s family of networks nine times during the 2009 season.