All you need to know for Saturday
WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia (capacity of 80,250)
WHEN: Kickoff is scheduled for 12:21 p.m.
THE LINE: South Carolina by 21 points
TICKETS: Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $50.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on the SEC Network (WOLO-TV in Columbia). Dave Neal will be the play-by-play man. Andre Ware is the color analyst. Cara Capuano is the sideline reporter. A replay will be shown Sunday at 8 p.m. on SportSouth. Andy Demetra will be the play-by-play man and Brad Muller the analyst on the replay.
RADIO: Locally, the game will be broadcast on 107.5 FM. Todd Ellis will handle play-by-play duties. Tommy Suggs is the color analyst. Terry Cousin is the sideline reporter. The local broadcast will be simulcast on Sirius XM satellite radio. The game will be on Sirius channel 219 and XM channel 199.
WEATHER: The forecast for the Columbia area on Saturday calls for partly cloudy skies with a 10-percent chance of precipitation. The high temperature is set to be 81 degrees, with the low being 58 degrees.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: The following items are now banned from the stadium: oversized bags and purses that exceed a 17-inch long, 12-inch wide, 10-inch tall frame with the exception of diaper bags; video cameras, tripods and detachable camera lenses more than 6 inches; personal seatbacks with arm rests; unauthorized masks of any kind. Backpacks will be allowed into the stadium. However, alcohol remains prohibited in the stands. Fans with alcohol are at risk of ejection and possible arrest.
NEW IN 2011: The Athletics Department announced several new features to gameday for this season. The notable ones: There will be a new Under Armour merchandise location inside Gate 2. The Hall of Captains (West Ground Level) will reopen two hours prior to kickoff and remain open until kickoff. Gates 4, 14, 16, 22 and 25 are early gates and will open two hours prior to kickoff. All other gates will open with 90 minutes before the start of the game. A fan help text system has been established. To utilize it, text USC, a space and then an issue and location to 69050.
STUDENTS ENCOURAGED: USC students who enter the stadium an hour or more prior to kickoff with a student ticket will receive an extra loyalty point. Students with lower-level tickets (sections 23–34) will receive wristbands at the entrance and should enter through gates 23, 25 and 26. The 2,100 student with seats in the upper east stands must enter through Gate 18 and will not be permitted to enter the lower level.
SERIES: South Carolina leads 14-7-1.
LAST MEETING: Kentucky 31-28 in 2010 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.