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South Carolina Gamecock 2015 Football Schedule Announced by SEC

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The SEC gave South Carolina its marching orders for 2015, which includes home games against the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators.

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The SEC announced South Carolina's 2015 conference schedule on Tuesday evening, which now completes the 2015 schedule for the Gamecocks.

As known before the announcement, the Gamecocks host LSU, Florida, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt next season.  They travel to Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.

In non-conference action, South Carolina hosts The Citadel, UCF, and Clemson in 2015.  They also open the season with a neutral-site clash against the North Carolina Tar Heels in Charlotte.

The schedule moves back to one bye week, after each team receiving two bye weeks in 2013 and 2014.  The entire schedule is as follows:

vs UNC (in Charlotte) September 3rd
vs Kentucky September 12th
at Georgia September 19th
vs Central Florida September 26th
at Missouri October 3rd
vs LSU October 10th
vs Vanderbilt October 17th
Bye October 24th
at Texas A&M October 31st
at Tennessee November 7th
vs Florida November 14th
vs The Citadel November 21st
vs Clemson November 28th

Overall, it's a very challenging schedule, but that's difficult to avoid at this point, given the concurrent rise of basically every SEC West school.  Generally speaking, South Carolina holds the better schedule in even-numbered years, when it travels to Nashville and Lexington and hosts three of their four most-likely SEC East rivals - Missouri, Georgia, and Tennessee.

This schedule does look about as good as can be expected as far as home and road games go. The Gamecocks alternate home and away games until mid-October when they host LSU and Vanderbilt in consecutive weeks. The only back to back road games are at Texas A&M on Halloween and at Tennessee the first Saturday in November, although those are followed by a home game against Florida. That three week stretch certainly won't be easy, but the Gamecocks do have a bye week to rest up before heading to College Station.

In addition, the 2015 schedule marks the return of UCF, who nearly went undefeated in 2013, stopped only by an excellent South Carolina Gamecock team that sneaked out a 28-25 victory in Orlando.  The 2015 concludes the three-game contract between the two schools.