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Gamecocks early favorites against Vanderbilt in 2016 opener

South Carolina plays at Vanderbilt on Sept. 1.
South Carolina plays at Vanderbilt on Sept. 1. tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina’s football season opener against Vanderbilt is still more than 100 days away, but early betting lines on the game and others were released on Friday.

The Gamecocks are a 5.5-point favorite in the Sept. 1 game against the Commodores in Nashville, according to odds released by the South Point Sports Book in Las Vegas.

Three of USC’s games to open the season are on the road at SEC opponents. In addition to Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks travel to Mississippi State (Sept. 10) and Kentucky (Sept. 24). The first home game is Sept. 17 against East Carolina.

Among the other odds released by South Point:

Clemson (-8.5) at Auburn

Georgia (-3.5) vs. North Carolina

West Virginia (-11.5) vs. Missouri

LSU (-10) vs. Wisconsin at Green Bay, Wisc.

UCLA (pick ’em) at Texas A&M

Alabama (-10) vs. USC at Arlington, Texas

Florida State (-3) vs. Ole Miss at Orlando, Fla.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp spoke at the Gamecock Club meeting in Florence on Thursday night and touched on several subjects, including his new equipment manager.

South Carolina 2016 football schedule

Sept. 1 at Vanderbilt

Sept. 10 at Mississippi State

Sept. 17 vs. East Carolina

Sept. 24 at Kentucky

Oct. 1 vs. Texas A&M

Oct. 8 vs. Georgia

Oct. 22 vs. Massachusetts

Oct. 29 vs. 22 Tennessee

Nov. 5 vs. Missouri

Nov. 12 at Florida

Nov. 19 vs. Western Carolina

Nov. 26 at Clemson

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