College football season kicks off with a good ol’ fashioned border war down south. It’s ACC versus SEC in Columbia, South Carolina, as the North Carolina Tar Heels travel into Williams-Brice Stadium to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET, and this game will officially star the ball rolling on the 2015 college football season.
For the Tar Heels, Larry Fedora’s club looks to make some noise in the ACC Coastal Division this year. Perennially the conference’s weakest division, the Coastal is yet again ripe for the taking. A four-game slide early in the season really sucked the wind out of the Tar Heels in 2014. They would eventually rally and reach .500 in conference, make a bowl game and end the season 6-7 overall (still good enough for third place in the Coastal). This offseason, Fedora has talked a big game about how his team will be able to compete for championships in the near future. He can put his money where his mouth is in this one.
As for the Gamecocks, after three consecutive 11-win seasons, Steve Spurrier’s club slipped to a disappointing 7-6. A porous defense, inconsistent quarterback play and an inability to close out tight games hamstrung a team that entered 2014 with eyes set squarely on an SEC Championship Game appearance. Spurrier retooled in the offseason by bringing in John Hoke to assist Lorenzo Ward with the defense. Last year’s opener was a sign of things to come for the Gamecocks, as they were blown out of the building by Texas A&M; what will this year present?
If you can make it to a TV, the contest will be on ESPN. If not, have no fear because we’ve got you covered. Below is everything you need to know in order to watch the game online via live stream or to listen in on the radio.
Date: Thursday, September 3
Start Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Click here for radio feed
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