Gamecocks replaces Liberty on November 4, 2023
The University of South Carolina football team will host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Saturday, November 4, 2023, it was announced today. Jacksonville State will replace the Liberty Flames on South Carolina’s 2023 schedule.
The competition will be the first ever played on the grill between the two schools who share the nickname “Gamecocks”. Currently a member of the ASUN conference, Jacksonville State will transition all sports to Conference USA in the summer of 2023. With the new conference headquarters, JSU will make the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). It will end a run in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) that began in 1995 and saw the Gamecocks win nine conference championships and advance to the playoffs 10 times, including a second-place national finish in 2015.
Jacksonville State will join Liberty, New Mexico State, and Sam Houston as new members of C-USA in 2023. Due to its new conference affiliation, Jacksonville State needed to add games outside FBS conference to its 2023 schedule, while Liberty, which currently competes as an independent, needed to release some games from its 2023 slate to accommodate its new conference schedule.
South Carolina will open the 2023 season with a neutral site game, taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels in Charlotte on Saturday, September 2. The Gamecocks also have Furman (September 9) and Clemson (November 25) on their non-conference schedule. in 2023. The SEC rotation sees Carolina travel to Starkville to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs, in addition to its regular six-game slate against SEC East Division opponents and a home game with Texas A&M, their permanent rival in the West.
Conference dates and game times will be announced at a later date.