Gamecocks release 2019 football schedule

COLUMBIA, S.C.  – A home game with defending National Champion Alabama highlights the 2019 South Carolina football schedule, released by the Southeastern Conference office today.

With 14 playing weekends, the 2019 SEC schedule includes two open dates for each team and conference contests scheduled each week. The season begins the weekend of August 31 with 13 games, including four neutral site games on opening weekend.

The 2019 season will culminate with the SEC Championship Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, December 7. It will be the 28th edition of the game and the 26th in the city of Atlanta.

The Gamecocks will open the 2019 season in Charlotte for the fourth time when they take on North Carolina on Saturday, August 31. The Gamecocks are a perfect 3-0 when opening the season at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, defeating East Carolina in 2011, North Carolina in 2015 and NC State in 2017. South Carolina has won the last three and six of the last seven meetings with the Tar Heels.

The home portion of the 2019 slate gets underway on September 7, when the Gamecocks host Charleston Southern. It will mark the first gridiron contest ever between the two Palmetto State schools. The Buccaneers play in the FCS Big South Conference.

The SEC opener and the first of seven-straight SEC contests for the Gamecocks is set for September 14 when the Alabama Crimson Tide make their way to Columbia. Stephen Garcia led the Gamecocks to a 35-21 win over the No. 1-ranked Tide on October 9, 2010, the last time Alabama visited Williams-Brice Stadium. Carolina has won three of the last five gridiron battles with the Tide dating back to 2001.

South Carolina’s first SEC road game will come on September 21 when the Mayor’s Cup will be decided in Columbia, Mo. The Gamecocks have won each of the last two meetings with their Eastern Division rivals from Missouri. That contest also marks the first of six-straight matchups for South Carolina against SEC Eastern Division opponents.

The September schedule concludes with a September 28 home tilt against Kentucky. After taking 13 of 14 from the Wildcats from 2000-2013, Kentucky has won each of the last four contests heading into a showdown in Lexington later this month.

The Gamecocks will enjoy the first of their two bye weeks during the first weekend in October. The rest of the October slate has a home game against Florida on October 19 sandwiched between road contests at Georgia on October 12 and at Tennessee on October 26. South Carolina has won five of the last eight meetings with both the Gators and Volunteers.

The Gamecocks open the month of November with a home game against Vanderbilt on November 2. The Gamecocks have won nine-straight games against the Commodores heading into this weekend’s clash in Nashville.

Carolina steps out of conference on November 9 with a home tilt against Appalachian State, its first meeting with the Mountaineers since 1988, before wrapping up its SEC slate at Texas A&M on November 16.

A second bye week ensues on November 23, before the 2019 regular season wraps up with the annual Palmetto State showdown with the Clemson Tigers, set for November 30 in Columbia.

The complete list of 2019 football schedules can be found on the SEC’s official website,

Aug. 31                  vs. North Carolina (Charlotte)
Sept. 7                   CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Sept. 14                 ALABAMA*
Sept. 21                 at Missouri*
Sept. 28                 KENTUCKY*
Oct. 5                     Open Date
Oct. 12                   at Georgia*
Oct. 19                   FLORIDA*
Oct. 26                   at Tennessee*
Nov. 2                    VANDERBILT*
Nov. 9                    APPALACHIAN STATE
Nov. 16                  at Texas A&M*
Nov. 23                  Open Date
Nov. 30                  CLEMSON

*-SEC Game

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