South Carolina football has added a pair of opponents to its 2023 schedule — the Furman Paladins and the Liberty Flames will play the Gamecocks in Williams-Brice Stadium, The State has confirmed. FBschedules.com first reported the scheduled games.
Those games tentatively fill out USC’s schedule for that season. The Gamecocks had already scheduled two nonconference games for 2023 — a neutral-site contest against North Carolina to open the season in Charlotte, and the annual game with Clemson, scheduled that year to take place in Columbia.
In addition, South Carolina is set to play SEC opponents Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt at home and Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M on the road.
Citing contracts obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, FBschedules.com reports that South Carolina will play Liberty $1.5 million and Furman $500,000 for the respective games. The Furman game will take place on either Sept. 9 or Sept. 23, 2022, and the Liberty game will take place on Nov. 4, 2023.
Liberty, led by former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, is in its first full season as an FBS program and is currently 2-2 as an independent. The Flames and South Carolina have never faced off on the football field.
Furman, an FCS program, has earned attention this season by pushing FBS programs Georgia State and Virginia Tech in competitive losses. The Paladins are currently ranked No. 15 in the nation in their division and have played USC 49 times over the years, with the first meeting coming in 1892 and the most recent coming in 2014.
South Carolina’s 2020 schedule was released in August, and the opponents for the 2022 season are known as well. There is one nonconference game still to be determined for 2021. Outside of the Clemson series, the furthest game South Carolina has scheduled out is a 2027 matchup with Appalachian State.