KEY GAME DETAILS
... WHO: No. 9 South Carolina (0-0) vs. No. 21 Texas A&M (0-0)
... WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium
... WHEN: 6 pm Thursday (kickoff officially 6:01 pm)
... TV: SEC Network (Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung, Maria Taylor) ... What channel is that? (Ch. 384 on Time Warner; Chs. 404 and 408 on Dish; Ch. 611 on DirectTV; and Ch. 1607 on AT&T U-verse -- or click here to find your channel for the SEC Network)
... RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5 (Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Langston Moore)
... LINE: USC by 10.5
... SERIES RECORD: First meeting
... WEATHER REPORT (kickoff): Sunny, 92-94. Light south wind.
... UNIFORM REPORT: The Gamecocks will wear all garnet
... GAMECOCK WALK: Takes place at approximately 3:40 p.m. through Gamecock Park
... NEW SHOW: The debut of SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show, "SEC Nation," will take place at Gamecock Park beginning at 4 p.m.
... GAME! COCKS!: Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, retired Marine, USC student and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, will be USC’s first celebrity starter of the season. Carpenter will take the field on Thursday and lead Williams-Brice Stadium in the “Game-Cocks” cheer.
... USC -- OUT: Mike Matulis (knee), Jamari Smith (foot). DOUBTFUL: OL Brock Stadnik (knee), DE Devin Washington (hamstring). PROBABLE: RB Mike Davis (ribs), TE Rory Anderson (tricep), OL Cody Waldrop (oblique), OL Alan Knott (knee).
... TEXAS A&M -- De'Vante Harris (urinary tract injury)
JUST THE FACTS
... This marks the beginning of the 121st season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina.
... South Carolina is 80-36-4 (.683) in 120 season openers. The Gamecocks have won 14 consecutive season-opening games, dating back to the 2000 season. The school record for consecutive season-opening wins is 19, set from 1920-1938.
... Head coach Steve Spurrier is 23-1 all-time in season openers as a collegiate head coach.
... The Gamecocks are putting their school record 18-game home winning streak, the longest current streak in the country, on the line. They are also 34-3 in their last 37 home contests.
... Spurrier is looking for his 200th win as an SEC coach. He logged 122 wins at Florida from 1990-2001, and has won a school record 77 games at South Carolina.
... Since Spurrier took over in 2005, USC has played 11 Thursday night ESPN contests.
... 9.4 ... Texas A&M led the SEC in passing last year with 353.3 yards per game, which is impressive and a bit imposing for a South Carolina team that will start a true freshmen at cornerback and has plenty more youth on the defensive back depth chart. The specific problem could be the Aggies’ big-play ability in the passing game. Texas A&M was second in the SEC with 9.4 yards per passing attempt. Quarterback Johnny Manziel is gone, but wide receivers Ricky Seals-Jones (6-5) and Malcome Kennedy (6-0) are still there.
PROJECTED USC STARTING LINEUP/DEPTH CHART
... LT: Corey Robinson, Sr. (Zandi)
... LG: A.J. Cann, Sr. (Sport)
... C: Clayton Stadnik, So. (Sport, Knott)
... RG: Cody Waldrop, So. (Sport, Knott)
... RT: Brandon Shell, Jr. (Rodgers)
... TE: Rory Anderson, Sr. (Adams, Gibson, Owens)
... WR: Shaq Roland, Jr. (Byrd, Jeffery, Davidson)
... WR: Pharoh Cooper, So. (Brent, Samuel)
... WR: Nick Jones, Sr. (Heard, Whitehurst, Googer)
... QB: Dylan Thompson, Sr. (Orth or Mitch)
... FB: Connor McLaurin, Sr. (Diaz)
... TB: Mike Davis, Jr. (Wilds, Carson, Da. Williams)
... DE: Gerald Dixon, So. (M. Harris)
... DT: J.T. Surratt, Sr. (Dukes, D. Green)
... DT: Gerald Dixon Jr., Jr. (Lamin, Griffin)
... DE: Darius English, So. (Johnson, C. Cooper)
... MLB: T.J. Holloman, So. (Lewis, Roberts)
... WLB: Jonathan Walton, So. (Moore, Allen-Williams)
... Spur: Sharrod Golightly, Sr. (Diggs, Bryant)
... CB: Brison Williams, Sr. (Lammons, Rhodes)
... SS: Chris Moody, So. (Marcus)
... FS: Chaz Elder, So. (Gurley, Sasser)
... CB: Al Harris Jr., Fr. (McWilliams, W. Green)
... Place kicker: Elliott Fry, So. (Ard)
... Kickoffs: Landon Ard, Jr. (Fry)
... Punter: Tyler Hull, Sr. (Fish)
... Kick return: Pharoh Cooper, So.
... Punt return: Pharoh Cooper, So.
... Snapper: Drew Williams, So.
... Holder: Patrick Fish, Sr. (Hull)
PROJECTED TEXAS A&M STARTING LINEUP
LT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Sr.
LG: Jarvis Harrison, Sr.
C: Mike Matthews, Jr.
RG: Joseph Cheek, Jr.
RT: Germain Ifedi, Soph.
TE: Cameron Clear, Sr.
WR: Speedy Noil, Frosh.
WR: Ricky Seals-Jones, Soph.
WR: Malcome Kennedy, Sr.
WR: Josh Reynolds, Soph.
QB: Kenny Hill, Soph.
RB: Tra Carson Jr. OR Brandon Williams, Jr. OR Trey Williams, Jr.
DE: Julian Obioha, Jr.
NG: Hardreck Walker, Soph. OR Zaycoven Henderson, Frosh.
DT: Alonzo Williams, Jr.
RUSH: Daeshon Hall, Soph.
SLB: Donnie Baggs, Sr.
MLB: Jordan Mastrogiovanni, Soph.
WLB: A.J. Hilliard, Soph.
CB: Victor Davis, Frosh.
CB: Deshazor Everette, Sr.
BS: Howard Matthews, Sr.
FS: Armani Watts, Frosh.
K: Josh Lambo, Sr. OR Taylor Bertolet, Jr.
HOLD: Drew Kaser, Jr.
SNP: Alex Freeman, Sr.
KOR: Trey Williams, Jr.