USC has announced its 2011 football schedule.
The Gamecocks, who are coming off a 9-5 season, their first SEC Eastern Division title and a top-25 national ranking, will play seven home games in 2011 and 10 contests against opponents that are coming off bowl appearances.
All dates are subject to change and kickoff times will be announced at a later date.
The Gamecocks will open the 2011 season on Sept. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte against the East Carolina Pirates. South Carolina leads the all-time series with ECU, 10-5, but the teams have not met since the Pirates posted a 21-3 win in 1999. The 2011 game will mark the first game of a five-game series between the two squads.
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The teams will meet in Columbia in 2012 and 2016, will play again in Charlotte in 2014, and will meet at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C., in 2015.
The Gamecocks will open SEC action the following week when they travel to Georgia to face the Bulldogs on Sept. 10. Georgia leads the all-time series 46-15-2, but Carolina posted a 17-6 win in Columbia in 2010.
The 2011 home opener will take place Sept. 17 against the Navy Midshipmen. It will mark the first meeting between the two schools since the 1988 season and also is the first game of a four-game homestand for the Gamecocks. South Carolina leads the all-time series with Navy 4-3.
|Saturday||3-Sep||East Carolina||Charlotte, N.C.|
|Saturday||15-Oct||Mississippi State||Starkville, Miss.|