USC, Ga. Tech and Clemson football schedules released

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina will again play two televised Thursday night football games next season.

ESPN will carry the Gamecocks' season opener at North Carolina State on Sept. 3 and their contest against Mississippi on Sept. 24.

South Carolina began last season with a pair of Thursday night contests, beating the Wolfpack before losing at Vanderbilt.

After opening at N.C. State this season, South Carolina travels to Georgia then returns home for four games against Florida Atlantic, the Rebels, South Carolina State and Kentucky. Then the Gamecocks play at Alabama before a home game with Vanderbilt.

South Carolina's final two road games come against Tennessee and Arkansas. The team finishes up the season at Williams-Brice against Florida and Clemson.

Also, Georgia Tech has unveiled its football schedule for 2009, which includes eight bowl teams from this past season, three contests against Southeastern Conference schools and two nationally televised games on Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets will open the season Sept. 5 against Jacksonville State, the first of a six-game home slate that also includes Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and the traditional regular-season finale against rival Georgia on Nov. 28.

In addition to facing the Bulldogs, Georgia Tech has road games against two other SEC schools, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. The remainder of the road schedule includes Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Miami, Florida State, Virginia and Duke.

The Thursday night games will come on consecutive weeks: at home against Clemson on Sept. 10, followed by the trip to Miami's Dolphin Stadium on Sept. 17.

Meanwhile, Clemson's road next football season will be rough.

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the Tigers' 2009 football schedule Thursday, a slate which includes taking on five bowl teams on the road.

Clemson will play at Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina State and South Carolina - all who played in the last postseason.

The Tigers open the season Sept. 5 at Death Valley against Middle Tennessee State. After a Thursday night game at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10, they return home against Boston College on Sept. 19 and Central Michigan on Sept. 26.

Other home games include Wake Forest on Oct. 17, Coastal Carolina on Oct. 31, Florida State on Nov. 7 and Virginia on Nov. 21.

The road games are Maryland on Oct. 3, Miami on Oct. 24, North Carolina State on Nov. 14 and South Carolina on Nov. 28.

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