SC Gamecocks Launches 2012 Football Season with Top 10 Rankings

The University of South Carolina started the 2012 football season with a top 10 finish. The Gamecocks will start in 2011 with a record 11 winning seasons. As the 9th place in pre-season polls, the Gamecocks kicked off the season with a win over Southeastern Conference rival Vanderbilt. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore made two touchdowns and ran 110 yards to lead the Gamecocks to a 17-13 victory over the Nashville Commodores. It was the 13th straight year that South Carolina won the season opener.

The Gamecocks will host East Carolina on September 8 at their home in the East. This will be the first of three games played at home in Columbia. East Carolina, an out-of-conference opponent, wins a decisive 35-13 win over Appalachian State in their season opener. South Carolina will play another non-conference game on September 15 against the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Gamecocks are also home to the first conference game against Missouri on Sept. 22. The Tigers are one of two new SEC schools in 2012. This game coincides with Parents Weekend.

In Week 5 of the season, the Gamecocks play Kentucky on September 29th in Lexington. Wild cats are another SEC rival. South Carolina defeats # 7 Georgia Bulldogs in Columbia on October 6th. The Gamecocks were at the 45-42 edge of Georgia last season in just two regular-season losses to the Bulldogs. Week 7 and 8 will be a tough SEC game for South Carolina. The Gamecocks are expected to play LSU on October 13 and Florida on October 20. In the pre-season polls, LSU was ranked third and Florida ranked 24th. The conference rivals Tennessee, October 27, in South Carolina. The Gamecocks rolled on the Vols 14-3 last year. South Carolina will be out of service on November 3.

The return home against Arkansas is scheduled for Nov. 10. The annual return parade will be held at 3pm on Friday 9 November. Other returning events include intellectual activities and alumni gatherings. The final home game will be November 17 against Wofford College. The final regular match is expected on November 24 at Clemson.

Williams-Brice Stadium, which has more than 80,000 fans, is located at 1125 George Rogers Blvd. The new Gamecocks parking lot, located at 1001 Bluff Rd., Will be available for the 2012 Games. Overflow and visitor parking is available at Capital City Stadium, 301 S. Assembly St. Single-player tickets range from $ 30 for the Wofford game to $ 70 for the Georgia game.