Today there are 36 days until the kickoff of Gamecocks football.
36 is the number of opening game losses the Gamecocks have had in their history. They've balanced that out with 78 wins and 4 losses.
The Gamecocks haven't lost a season open under Steve Spurrier, and they haven't lost a season opener in the 2000s.
The last time they did drop an opening tilt was in 1999 against N.C. State.
That game was played in torrential rain, and the Wolfpack won 10-0. Since then USC has run off 12 straight wins, including 3 games on the road.
Carolina opens on the road at Vanderbilt on Thursday August 30.
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