South Carolina's 2012 season is set to open on Thursday Aug. 30, but its opponent might be up in the air.
The Gamecocks are set to play East Carolina in Columbia, but The (Nashville) Tennessean reported that Vanderbilt has been asked by the SEC to open its season against South Carolina.
The Aug. 30 game in Nashville would be televised nationally on ESPN.
The Commodores are willing to shift its schedule to gain more national exposure.
Vanderbilt is scheduled to play Presbyterian on Sept. 1, 2012.
"This was an SEC request,” Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams told the newspaper. "They really wanted us to play South Carolina on that first weekend."
If the game is switched, a question will be how to fit East Carolina later in the 2012 season.
USC and Georgia typically meet during the season's second week. UAB is coming to Columbia for the third week on Sept. 15 and the SEC season follows.
A home contest against Wofford is scheduled for Nov. 17, the week before the Clemson game.
East Carolina might have an opening. The Pirates are looking for another nonconference game in 2012, according to the team's website.