Wednesday the SEC released its team-by-team 2011 football schedule. USC’s slate includes three teams that finished the season ranked in the AP top 25 and ten teams that participated in bowl games last season.
Here’s the rundown of next season’s schedule for the Gamecocks. They will open the year September 3rd at Bank of America Stadium against East Carolina. Last season the Pirates participated in the Military Bowl. They lost badly to Maryland in that game.
The following week Carolina will open SEC play against rival Georgia. That game will be played September 10th in Athens. The Gamecocks will be looking for their second straight win over Georgia and their fist in Athens since a 16-12 win in 2007.
Up next will be a home game against Navy on September 17th. This will be the first time these two teams have played since the 1988 season.
On September 24th the Vanderbilt will be in Columbia. It will be Commodores coach James Franklin’s first trip to Williams-Brice Stadium as a head coach.
The next week defending national champion Auburn will invade Williams-Brice. Auburn beat the Gamecocks twice last season en route to its BCS title. The Tigers will be a different team without the likes of Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and company.
Carolina will play a fourth straight home game on October 8th when Kentucky rolls into Columbia. Obviously the Gamecocks will be out for some revenge from last year’s loss in Lexington.
The Gamecocks return to the road October 15th for a battle with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs finished last year ranked 15th in the AP poll and played in the Gator Bowl.
October 22nd will be the bye week. The team returns to action on October 29th with a game at Tennessee.
November 5th the Gamecocks will play their third consecutive road game, heading to Fayetteville to face Arkansas. The Razorbacks have won four of the past five games in this series.
USC returns home November 12th for its final SEC game of the season against Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators.
On November 19th the Gamecocks will welcome the Citadel to Williams-Brice Stadium. It will be the first time the two teams have played since 1990, a game the Bulldogs won 38-35.
The season finale will be November 26th in Columbia against arch-rival Clemson. The Gamecocks are aiming for a fourth straight win over the Tigers.
2011 USC Football Schedule
- Sept. 3 vs. East Carolina (at Charlotte)
- Sept. 10 *at Georgia
- Sept. 17 NAVY
- Sept. 24 *VANDERBILT
- Oct. 1 *AUBURN
- Oct. 8 *KENTUCKY
- Oct. 15 *at Mississippi State
- Oct. 29 *at Tennessee
- Nov. 5 *at Arkansas
- Nov. 12 *FLORIDA
- Nov. 19 THE CITADEL
- Nov. 26 CLEMSON