2015 Football Schedule Announced
Oct. 14, 2014
The Southeastern Conference has unveiled the 2015 football schedules for all 14 SEC schools, it was announced today.
With 13 playing weekends, the 2015 schedule includes one open date for each team and conference contests scheduled each week beginning September 12.
Each SEC team will play eight conference football games to include six games against division opponents and two games against non-division opponents. One of the non-division opponents will be a permanent annual opponent and the other non-division opponent will rotate each year.
For the 24th-consecutive year, the 2015 season will culminate with the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, December 6 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The University of South Carolina will kick off the college football season on Thursday, September 3, when the Gamecocks travel to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for a non-conference tilt with North Carolina. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series between the two bordering state’s flagship universities by a 34-18-4 count, but South Carolina has won the last two and five of the last six meetings between the two schools.
The 2015 home opener and conference lidlifter is set for Saturday, September 12, when the Gamecocks host the Kentucky Wildcats. Carolina has dominated the series recently, winning 13 of the last 15 meetings to take a 17-8-1 lead, but the Wildcats pulled the upset in Lexington earlier this season, just the second time in 22 opportunities that Kentucky has defeated a team coached by Steve Spurrier.
The traditional early season SEC Eastern Division showdown between the Gamecocks and Georgia Bulldogs is set for Saturday, September 19 in Athens. Carolina won earlier this year in Columbia and has taken four of the last five meetings between the two schools on the gridiron, but Georgia holds a 47-18-2 advantage in the all-time series.
The Gamecocks return home on September 26 for a non-conference matchup with Central Florida. South Carolina has won each of the four previous meetings with UCF, including a 28-25 win in Orlando last year, which was the Golden Knights only loss of the 2013 season.
South Carolina returns to conference action on Saturday October 3 with a road date with the Missouri Tigers. The Tigers have possession of the Mayor’s Cup after pulling out a one-point victory in Columbia, S.C. earlier this year, gaining revenge for South Carolina’s overtime win in Columbia, Mo. a year ago. The Tigers lead the all-time series by a slim 3-2 count.
The LSU Tigers make their way to Williams-Brice Stadium for the first time since 2008 when they visit Columbia on Saturday, October 10. LSU has won each of the last five meetings and own a commanding 17-2-1 lead in the all-time series. South Carolina’s only win over LSU since 1930 came in the 1994 season.
The Vanderbilt Commodores will provide the opposition on Saturday October 17. The Gamecocks have won six-straight in the series with the Commodores, including a win in Nashville earlier this season. Carolina has won nine of the previous 11 times the teams have hooked up in Columbia and lead the overall series 20-4.
After an open date, South Carolina will make its first trip ever to College Station, Texas for a Halloween matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday, October 31. The Aggies handed the Gamecocks a loss in the 2014 season opener, the first time the two schools have met on the gridiron.
Carolina will remain on the road for a second-straight week when they travel to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, November 7, in the final true road test of the season. The Vols lead the all-time series by a 23-7-2 margin, but Carolina has won three of the last four meetings. The two teams will hook up later this season in Columbia.
The Gamecocks will wrap up the 2015 regular season with three-consecutive home games. The SEC regular season schedule comes to an end on Saturday, November 14, when the Gamecocks host the Florida Gators. Florida holds a 24-7-3 lead in the all-time series, but the Gamecocks have won three of the last four contests. Like Tennessee, the Gamecocks and Gators will do battle later this season in Gainesville.
The Gamecocks’ annual instate FCS game is set for Saturday, November 21, when Carolina hosts The Citadel Bulldogs. The Gamecocks have won 40 of the first 50 meetings (40-7-3) between the two Palmetto State schools, including a 41-20 win in 2011, the only time the schools have met since 1990.
The Gamecocks’ 2015 regular season concludes on Saturday, November 28, with the annual Palmetto State Showdown versus the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium. Clemson leads the all-time series, 65-42-4, but the Gamecocks have won each of the last five meetings between the two schools, their longest streak in the rivalry that dates back to 1896.
|2015 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Thursday||September 3||North Carolina||Charlotte, N.C.|
|Saturday||September 12||Kentucky (Gamecock Club Appreciation)||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||September 19||Georgia||Athens, Ga.|
|Saturday||September 26||Central Florida (Parents Weekend)||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||October 3||Missouri||Columbia, Mo.|
|Saturday||October 10||LSU||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||October 17||Vanderbilt (Homecoming)||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||October 31||Texas A&M||College Station, Texas|
|Saturday||November 7||Tennessee||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Saturday||November 14||Florida||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||November 21||The Citadel (Salute to the Military)||Columbia, S.C.|
|Saturday||November 28||Clemson (Senior Day)||Columbia, S.C.|
Alabama: at Georgia, Tennessee
Arkansas: at Tennessee, Missouri
Auburn: at Kentucky, Georgia
Florida: Ole Miss, at LSU
Georgia: Alabama, at Auburn
Kentucky: Auburn, at Mississippi State
LSU: at South Carolina, Florida
Ole Miss: Vanderbilt, at Florida
Mississippi State: Kentucky, at Missouri
Missouri: Mississippi State, at Arkansas
South Carolina: LSU, at Texas A&M
Tennessee: Arkansas, at Alabama
Texas A&M: South Carolina, at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt: at Ole Miss, Texas A&M