South Carolina’s 2019 football schedule: fair or unfair?
Alabama is coming back to Williams-Brice Stadium.
For the first time since 2010, when South Carolina upset then-No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama, the Crimson Tide has returned to the Gamecocks schedule, which was released Tuesday after the SEC announced its full conference slate.
South Carolina’s schedule is highlighted by the Sept. 14 visit from Alabama, which has only played in Columbia five times before. The Crimson Tide is the Gamecocks yearly rotating Western Division opponent. South Carolina’s next game against Alabama after next year will be in 2024 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
There’s another rarity on the schedule, too: two open dates. The regular season begins on Aug. 31 and ends on Nov. 30, and the 14-week span allows for two open dates for all conference teams. South Carolina will be off on Oct. 5, one week prior to facing Georgia, and Nov. 23, one week prior to playing Clemson.
With the Tide, Bulldogs and Tigers all on the schedule, South Carolina will be playing the three teams currently ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 in 2019.
South Carolina will open the season in Charlotte, N.C., for the fourth time when they play North Carolina on Aug. 31. The Gamecocks, who are 3-0 all-time in Bank of America Stadium, beat the Tar Heels 17-13 in 2015 in Charlotte.
South Carolina 2019 Football Schedule
Aug. 31 North Carolina (Charlotte, N.C.)
Sept. 7 Charleston Southern (Williams-Brice Stadium)
Sept. 14 Alabama (Williams-Brice Stadium)
Sept. 21 Missouri (Columbia, Mo.)
Sept. 28 Kentucky (Williams-Brice Stadium)
Oct. 5 Open Date
Oct. 12 Georgia (Athens, Ga.)
Oct. 19 Florida (Williams-Brice Stadium)
Oct. 26 Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Nov. 2 Vanderbilt (Williams-Brice Stadium)
Nov. 9 Appalachian State (Williams-Brice Stadium)
Nov. 16 Texas A&M (College Station, Texas)
Nov. 23 Open Date
Nov. 30 Clemson (Williams-Brice Stadium)