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USC to kick off football season with first televised college game

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Gamecocks will kick off the college football season with the first nationally televised game of the year.

The Gamecocks will take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 7 p.m. in Nashville. The game will be televised on ESPN.

South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier has been very successful against Vanderbilt in his career. Last year, the Gamecocks beat the Commodores 21-3, but Spurrier's teams have beaten Vandy in 17 of 19 matchups.

Spurrier said Wednesday that even though the Gamecocks look like a much better team on paper, he has some concerns heading into Thursday's opener. He said his defensive front is talented, but he's worried about the inexperience of the secondary.

"Our defense should be pretty good, but our secondary guys are new," Spurrier said. "Jimmy Legree is going to start at one of the corner along with Victor Hampton. Victor hasn't played much, as well as Jimmy, (who) played a little safety last year. So we're new right there."

No. 9 South Carolina is a 6.5 point favorite to beat Vanderbilt.

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