COLUMBIA — South Carolina will again open its football season on a Thursday night.
ESPN has decided to open its 2013 broadcast schedule by showing the Gamecocks’ game against North Carolina. The game is now scheduled for Aug. 29 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
When the Gamecocks originally announced their schedule months ago, the opener was set for Saturday, Aug. 31.
South Carolina has been a regular on ESPN’s opening game since head coach Steve Spurrier arrived in 2005. The Gamecocks have played the network’s opening game six times, winning them all.
The Gameocks won last year’s season opener on a Thursday night on ESPN by beating Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt, 17-13.
Under Spurrier, South Carolina is 8-2 in all Thursday night games, including a 5-1 record at home.
North Carolina holds a 34-17-4 lead in the all-time series, but South Carolina won the last meeting in Chapel Hill, 21-15, in 2007 and has won four of the last five contests, dating back to 1988.
The draw for this year’s South Carolina team is defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, an all-American likely playing his last season for the Gamecocks before entering the NFL draft.