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South Carolina will take a year off from its appearance in the 2015 Belk College Football Kickoff Game and return in 2017 with a new opponent.

The Gamecocks topped North Carolina 17-13 to open the 2015 season, but will not play in the 2016 game, returning instead in 2017 to face North Carolina State in the season opener.

“The Charlotte market continues to be important for our university and athletics program,” USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner said in a statement Tuesday. “I am appreciative of the opportunity provided by the Charlotte Sports Foundation to continue our presence in the Belk College Kickoff Game, playing NC State in 2017.”

South Carolina and NC State have met 57 times, with the Gamecocks leading the series 27-26-4. Their last meeting came in 2009, which South Carolina won 7-3.

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