The Southeastern Conference released its 2013 football schedule on Thursday afternoon featuring the 6-1-1 format of opponents. Each team will play the six other teams within the division and both a permanent and rotating opponent from the other division.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier
Important to note, the 2013 schedule, just like it was in 2012, will be another “bridge” schedule, as the conference is calling it. The athletics directors in the SEC will meet again in the spring to discuss the 2014 schedule and beyond.
“As we began working on the 2013 football schedule, it became apparent that the conference would need another year of the ‘bridge’ schedule to make everything work,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “I appreciate the SEC transition team and our athletics directors, who came together to put this schedule in place. We look forward to starting with our new scheduling rotation in 2014.”
Because this is a bridge schedule, the Gamecocks will feature Arkansas again. It is widely believed that, when all is said and done, South Carolina and Texas A&M will become permanent, cross-division opponents, which will move the Razorbacks to a rotating opponent.
Right now though, for 2013, the Razorbacks and Mississippi State feature as the SEC West opponents on the South Carolina schedule.
The last time the Gamecocks and Bulldogs met was last season when head coach Steve Spurrier led his team to Starkville, Miss. and left with a 14-12 victory. South Carolina holds an 8-6 mark against MSU with a 4-3 mark both home and away. The Gamecocks have won the last six meetings dating back to the 2000 season.
The Gamecocks, of course, will face all six of its East Division opponents. The schedule includes Kentucky, Florida, and Vanderbilt at home. South Carolina will travel to face Missouri, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Adding Missouri and Texas A&M to the conference this season required a change in scheduling. The conference released a 2012 schedule last winter that was a one-year plan. The conference had designs of overhauling the schedule for the 2013 season going forward. Now there will be a second year of a bridge schedule.
The South Carolina-Georgia rivalry, which usually takes place in early September, is back at the front of the conference schedule this season. The two teams met this year on October 6, which is the first time since 1980 that the teams have met outside the month of September.
The Gamecocks already had non-conference dates scheduled with North Carolina for August 29, SC State on Sept. 7, Central Florida on Sept. 28, and Clemson on Nov. 30.
South Carolina will continue its 2012 season this weekend against Florida on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from campus in Gainesville, Fla.
Complete 2013 schedule
Aug. 29: NORTH CAROLINA
Sept. 7: at Georgia
Sept. 14: VANDERBILT
Sept. 28: at Central Florida
Oct. 5: KENTUCKY
Oct. 12: at Arkansas
Oct. 19: at Tennessee
Oct. 26: at Missouri
Nov. 2: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 16: FLORIDA
Nov. 30: CLEMSON
*** South Carolina originailly had a game scheduled against South Carolina State for Sept. 7. That game will have to be moved.
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