The University of South Carolina Athletics Department announced the Gamecocks' 2021 football schedule Wednesday afternoon.
It will mark the inaugural season of head coach Shane Beamer's tenure at South Carolina. The schedule features seven home games, including visits by Florida, Auburn and Clemson in November.
South Carolina will open its 2021 season at home in a non-conference game against Eastern Illinois Saturday, Sept. 4. This will be the first meeting on the gridiron between the Gamecocks and Panthers.
The road opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11, when the Gamecocks travel to Greenville, N.C. for a date with the East Carolina Pirates. The Gamecocks hold a 14-5 lead in the all-time series between the two schools, including wins in all four games played in this century.
South Carolina's SEC opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 18, when the Gamecocks travel to Athens to face the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia leads the all-time series between these bordering state flagship universities by a 52-19-2 margin, including a 29-9 lead when playing in Athens, but the Gamecocks won in overtime on their last trip to Sanford Stadium in 2019 by a 20-17 score.
The Gamecocks' final road trip of the season will come Saturday, Nov. 13, when they travel to Columbia, Mo. to face the Missouri Tigers in the annual battle for the Mayor's Cup. The Tigers won last year in Williams-Brice Stadium to take a slim 6-5 lead in the all-time series. The teams have split the four previous games at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field evenly.
The 2021 regular season comes to a close Saturday, Nov. 27, when the highly-anticipated Palmetto state rivalry is renewed with the Clemson Tigers. The teams have met every year from 1909-2019. Then due to COVID-19, the teams were unable to play in the annual battle for the state's bragging rights in 2020.
All 12 games will be televised, with the network and kick times announced at a later date.
2021 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 4 EASTERN ILLINOIS
Sept. 11 at East Carolina
Sept. 18 at Georgia
Sept. 25 KENTUCKY
Oct. 2 TROY
Oct. 9 at Tennessee
Oct. 16 VANDERBILT
Oct. 23 at Texas A&M
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 FLORIDA
Nov. 13 at Missouri
Nov. 20 AUBURN
Nov. 27 CLEMSON