Following up on a report from earlier this week, North Carolina and South Carolina will open the 2015 season in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.
The matchup is scheduled for Sept. 5.
“The conference scheduling is so important, and that’s basically the last eight weeks of the season,” said UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham. “If you’re going to play a high-profile, nonconference game it makes sense to play it the first weekend of the season, when the NFL isn’t playing and it’s a wide-open window for ESPN and other platforms. It just makes sense.”
The two sides will also open the 2013 season against each other Aug. 29 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, marking the first time the schools have faced each other in football since the 2007 season, a 21-15 victory for South Carolina. North Carolina holds the lead in the all-time series at 34-17-4.
In addition to its opener against UNC, South Carolina’s 2015 non-conference schedule includes games against Central Florida, the Citadel and Clemson, meaning a previously-scheduled road game against East Carolina is the odd game out.