With seven days left before South Carolina opens the season against one-time rival North Carolina, I’m starting to wonder where the heat is.
Beyond the usual excitement for a season-opener, I haven’t heard any buzz from the Gamecocks or their fans about playing the Tar Heels. South Carolina play-by-play announcer Todd Ellis tried to light a spark Thursday night during the “Carolina Calls” radio show.
“We don’t serve wine and cheese, so let’s hope the Tar Heels feel comfortable,” Ellis told his audience.
As rivalry talk goes, it was tame. These teams played 54 times between 1903 and 1991 but have played once since the Gamecocks joined the SEC (2007, a 21-15 South Carolina win), and the game used to be huge for both teams.
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If I’m missing a barb from the North Carolina side or I’ve forgotten a snide remark from someone at South Carolina, remind me because it seems that this rivalry should prompt something along those lines.