Steve Spurrier spent the 2007 postseason at home after his Gamecocks finished a disappointing 6-6. No wonder Spurrier and the gang are itching to play. The Gamecocks will have played two games before anybody else in 2008 because they are featured in ESPN's first two Thursday night telecasts
South Carolina will play host to North Carolina State on Aug. 28 and travel to Vanderbilt on Sept. 4.
Oregon State plays Stanford in the other opener on Aug. 28. That game will be telecast on ESPN2, according to Scott Wolf of the L.A. Daily News.
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Here's a look at the ESPN schedule for Thursday night:
North Carolina State at South Carolina (ESPN)
Oregon State at Stanford (ESPN2)
South Carolina at Vanderbilt
North Carolina at Rutgers
West Virginia at Colorado
USC at Oregon State
Pittsburgh at South Florida
Clemson at Wake Forest
Florida State at North Carolina State
Auburn at West Virginia
South Florida at Cincinnati
Maryland at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech at Miami
Miami at Georgia Tech
November 27 (Thanksgiving)
Texas A&M at Texas
Louisville at Rutgers