COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Southeastern Conference has announced its 14-team conference game schedule for the 2013 season. SEC games are scheduled for each week of the regular season. The schedule is subject to change based on television selections.
The eight-game conference schedule consists of six games played inside the division and two games against teams from the opposite division. The cross-divisional common opponents that were previously announced by the conference will not take place until 2014.
The South Carolina Gamecocks will open conference play at Georgia. That contest returns to its more traditional second week of the season, on Saturday, September 7. The Gamecocks' 2013 SEC home opener is set for the following week, September 14, against Vanderbilt.
The Kentucky Wildcats will visit Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, October 5. That contest will be followed by three-straight SEC road games for the Gamecocks, as they will travel to Arkansas (Oct. 12), Tennessee (Oct. 19) and Missouri (Oct. 26) on consecutive weekends to wrap up the month of October.
The final two SEC contests will be home games for the Gamecocks. Carolina will host Mississippi State on Saturday, November 2, before wrapping up the conference slate against Florida on Saturday, November 16.
The 2013 schedule is considered a "bridge" schedule and not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. The SEC Athletics Directors will convene in Spring 2013 to begin formulating schedules for the 2014 season and beyond.
"As we began working on the 2013 football schedule, it became apparent that the conference would need another year of the ‘bridge' schedule to make everything work," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "I appreciate the SEC transition team and our athletics directors, who came together to put this schedule in place. We look forward to starting with our new scheduling rotation in 2014."
The 2013 schedule has 14 playing weekends which provides for two open dates for each institution. The 2013 SEC Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The Gamecocks will announce their four non-conference games when that portion of the schedule is finalized.
The 2013 conference schedule can be found on the SEC's official website, SECDigitalNetwork.com.
University of South Carolina 2013 Football Schedule (SEC games only):
September 7 at Georgia
September 14 VANDERBILT
October 5 KENTUCKY
October 12 at Arkansas
October 19 at Tennessee
October 26 at Missouri
November 2 MISSISSIPPI STATE
November 16 FLORIDA