North Carolina and South Carolina will open the 2015 college football season with a game against each other at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, according to report in the Charlotte Observer.
The official announcement of the game — to be played Sept. 5, 2015 — is expected to come at a news conference Thursday morning at the stadium.
“We have had conversations about playing UNC in the future, but nothing is official at this point,” USC athletics director Ray Tanner said via text message Tuesday.
The Tar Heels and Gamecocks last played in 2007, a 21-15 victory by South Carolina in Chapel Hill. North Carolina leads the series 34-17-4, but the teams have played 11 times since South Carolina left the ACC in 1971. The Gamecocks hold a 6-5 advantage during that stretch.
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They also will open the 2013 season against each other with a game Aug. 28 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Bank of America Stadium, which is host to the Belk Bowl and the ACC championship game, has had several regular-season games also, the most recent being a game between East Carolina and South Carolina in 2011. The Gamecocks defeated the Pirates, 56-37, before a crowd of 58,272.
North Carolina played N.C. State in Charlotte in 1997 and ’98.
USC and UNC have met on neutral fields twice but never in Charlotte. The two schools met in Durham, N.C., in 1910 and in Norfolk, Va., in 1955.
The Gamecocks already have four non-conference games scheduled in 2015, so some shuffling will be necessary. A game at East Carolina is currently scheduled as their season opener on Sept. 5. USC also is scheduled to play host to Central Florida (Sept. 26), The Citadel (Nov. 21) and Clemson (Nov. 28).
USC is scheduled to open the 2014 season in Charlotte against East Carolina on Aug. 30.
In its three other non-conference games in the upcoming season, the Gamecocks will travel to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF on Sept. 28 and play host to Coastal Carolina on Nov. 23 and Clemson on Nov. 30.