BORDER BATTLE RENEWED FOR TWO ADDITIONAL SEASONS
|| By FITSNEWS || After a one-year hiatus, the University of South Carolina will renew its football rivalry with the University of North Carolina on Thursday night … the season opener for both programs.
But the Gamecocks and Tar Heels aren’t quitting at that …
The two programs will play each other in Charlotte, N.C. again in 2019 and 2023, the schools announced.
“On the eve of this year’s matchup, we are delighted to announce two more games are scheduled for the future,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “This is a great game for the student-athletes and fans at each school to kick off the football season.”
Both the 2019 and 2023 match-ups will be held on Labor Day weekend.
North Carolina enjoys a 34-18-4 all-time edge in the border war, but South Carolina has won five of the last six games (including a 2007 win in Chapel Hill, N.C. and a 2013 victory in Columbia, S.C.).
The series dates back to 1903 and included annual meetings from 1920-29 and 1949-64.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said the renewal of the rivalry was a good thing.
“I think fans enjoy games against teams nearby,” he told reporters earlier this week. “I think the fans see each other a lot during the year, just like we see Georgia and Clemson fans.”
Thursday night’s kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. EDT with ESPN televising the contest nationally. Las Vegas oddsmakers have installed the unranked Gamecocks as 2.5-point favorites.
Tickets are still on sale for the contest and can be purchased at BelkCollegeKickoff.com or through TicketMaster.