COLUMBIA -- South Car-olina's traditional SEC opener against Georgia will have a new look this year: sunlight.

The Gamecocks and Bulldogs will have a noon start -- a bit earlier than the teams are used to -- at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 11, the league and schools announced Thursday. The game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Additionally, the school said its Thursday night opener against Southern Miss would be a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

Coach Steve Spurrier has made a habit of beginning the college football season with a primetime game on ESPN. The Gamecocks are 4-0 in those Thursday evening debut games, including consecutive wins against North Carolina State.

Southern Miss was added to the schedule last year, after North Carolina pulled out to open its 2010 season against Louisiana State in Atlanta.

Spurrier is 35-28 in five seasons at USC, still looking for the kind of success that most expected when the Ball Coach arrived in late 2004.

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