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Gamecocks set up football series with North Carolina

The border rivalry is resuming, although this time, not in Charlotte.

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South Carolina and North Carolina will continue to battle it out on the football field, as the schools announced a home-and-home series set for 2028 and 2029.

Both games will be season openers, and the first time the programs will meet in their respective stadiums since 2013. UNC travels first to Columbia in 2028, and USC will visit Chapel Hill the following year.

The Gamecocks and Tar Heels have made a recent habit of playing in the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium, as Charlotte is fertile and important recruiting ground for both teams, as well as readily accessible for their fan bases. UNC and USC are set to face off again in Charlotte in 2023.

The programs last met in 2019, when the Gamecocks lost 24-20. However, South Carolina has won three of the past four, and six of the past eight games in the series (which the Tar Heels lead overall, 35-19-4).

South Carolina’s athletic administration continues to make ACC opponents an out-of-conference scheduling priority, as the Gamecocks also have future dates with Miami (2026-27), N.C. State (2030-31), and Virginia Tech (2034-35).

How do you guys feel about this? Are you a fan of maintaining historical regional rivalries with ACC schools, or would you rather see the Gamecocks take a step back and dial up some more gimmes in the non-con?