In what has become somewhat of a tradition at USC, the Gamecocks will again open the season on a Thursday night this year. The lid lifter against North Carolina will be moved to August 29th at Williams-Brice Stadium and be televised by ESPN. The kick off time will be announced later. Usually these Thursday night ESPN games kick off between 7 and 8:00.
This will be the 11th Thursday night game for USC under Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks are 8-2 in Thursday night games under the HBC. Six of those eight wins came on the season openers, including last year’s 17-13 win at Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks two Thursday night losses were against then second ranked Auburn in 2006 in Columbia and at Vanderbilt in 2008.
USC on Thursday night’s under Steve Spurrier:
- 09/01/05 UCF* W 24-15
- 08/31/06 at Miss State* W 15-0
- 09/28/06 Auburn L 17-24
- 10/04/07 Kentucky W 38-23
- 08/28/08 NC State* W 34-0
- 09/04/08 at Vanderbilt L 17-24
- 09/03/09 at NC State* W 7-3
- 09/24/09 Ole Miss W 16-10
- 09/02/10 Southern Miss* W 41-13
- 08/30/12 at Vanderbilt* W 17-13
Info from USC SID