South Carolina has 10 bowl teams on 2011 schedule

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s 2011 football schedule includes 10 teams that played in bowl games last season.

The 2010 SEC East champion released its schedule on Friday, and among the non-conference games are a Sept. 3 contest against East Carolina in Charlotte and the home opener against Navy on Sept. 17. After Navy, South Carolina hosts Vanderbilt, national champion Auburn and Kentucky on successive weekends.

The Gamecocks, who finished at 9-5 and ranked No. 22 in the final Associated Press poll, open SEC play on Sept. 10 against Georgia.

South Carolina travels to Mississippi State on Oct. 15. After an open date, the Gamecocks will play at Tennessee and Arkansas. South Carolina finishes with three straight at home — Florida on Nov. 12, The Citadel on Nov. 19 and Clemson on Nov. 26.