Today there are 24 days until kickoff.
24 was the number of points scored last season by the Gamecocks against Navy.
The Gamecocks paid Navy close to $1,000,000 to come to Columbia to play. Although USC eventually prevailed 24-21 the game was way to close for comfort.
The game itself was a scheduling error. No one remembers the game as a highlight of the season or as a quality win.
It was an unnecessary risk that almost derailed a historic season.
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