The South Carolina football team will open its 2017 season on Sept. 2 against North Carolina State at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN, according to a Thursday release by the network.
Coming off a 6-7 season in Will Muschamp’s first season as head coach, South Carolina is set to take on an N.C. State squad that finished 7-6 in 2016.
Earlier this spring, Muschamp and Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren met with reporters in Charlotte, to preview the game. Muschamp spoke highly of quarterback Ryan Finley and their do-everything tight end Jaylen Samuels.
Defensively, Muschamp added, N.C. State has “as good a front four” South Carolina will see in 2017.
“I think it’s good to lead the season off against a really good football team,” Muschamp said. “I think it’s extra motivation for your players during the summer, to be ready to go. We’ve got to be ready when we report to camp July 27, be in great condition [and] ready to kickoff the season.”
The September trip will be South Carolina’s third season opener at Bank of America Stadium. In 2011, South Carolina opened with a 56-37 win over East Carolina. In 2015, the Gamecocks beat North Carolina 17-13.