Gamecocks unveil challenging 2024 football schedule

October brings matchups against Ole Miss, Alabama, and Oklahoma marking one of the most challenging stretches of games in all of college football.

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It’s hard to beat an afternoon in Williams-Brice in the fall. | Photo by @jacobskateslakai

Challenge accepted. Time to plan for fall 2024: The Gamecocks’ football schedule is set with a season filled with high-profile games at home and on the road. Let’s take a quick look at the rundown of what to expect and what the pundits are saying.

Home games highlights

  • The Gamecocks kick off the 2024 season at Williams-Brice Stadium against Old Dominion on Saturday, Aug. 31, marking their first-ever matchup.
  • Key home games include the LSU Tigers visiting on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the first time since 2008 along with Ole Miss (Saturday, Oct. 5), Texas A&M (Saturday, Nov. 2), and Missouri (Saturday, Nov. 16).
  • The team also hosts Akron (Saturday, Sept. 21) and Wofford (Saturday, Nov. 23), with the Wofford game featuring Senior Night + a “Salute the Troops” halftime tribute.

Top road games

  • A challenging early away game at Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 7, opens SEC play, with the Gamecocks leading the all-time series 20-14-1
  • The Gamecocks face Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 12, a team they haven’t visited since 2009, with Alabama leading the series 13-3
  • A historic first meeting with the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, Oct. 19, as Oklahoma joins the SEC in 2024
  • The season concludes with the Palmetto Bowl rivalry against Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 30, a return match after USC’s victory at Memorial Stadium in 2022

Incoming players to watch

What are the pundits saying?

  • “October is brutal for the Gamecocks as they play three top-12 teams... and two of those games (Alabama and Oklahoma) are on the road.” — Garnet and Cocky
  • “I found South Carolina’s to be treacherous,” Paul Finebaum said. “They have a home game on Oct. 5 against Ole Miss, and then they get to go to Alabama the next week. And after they recover from that, they go to Norman, Oklahoma. That’s brutal.”
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