Tar Heels, Gamecocks get it going
North Carolina and border rival South Carolina get to kick off the 2013 college football season today at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (6 p.m., ESPN).
Both teams enter the game with high expectations.
The Tar Heels set school records in points and yardage a year ago in their first season under coach Larry Fedora and would have advanced to the ACC championship game if not for NCAA-mandated postseason sanctions. UNC, which finished 8-4, is eligible to play for the title this year.
South Carolina is coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons and is sixth in the AP Top 25 poll, the highest preseason ranking in school history. The Gamecocks are led by former Duke coach Steve Spurrier and feature the top defensive player in the country, junior end Jadeveon Clowney.
The former ACC rivals haven’t played in Columbia since 1990. The only other meeting since then was in 2007, when South Carolina won 21-15 in Chapel Hill.
The other local football teams open the season on Saturday. Duke and N.C. Central face off at Wallace Wade Stadium (4 p.m., ESPN3) and N.C. State hosts Louisiana Tech (12:30 p.m., WRAZ).