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Gamecocks to play Missouri in afternoon

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers will meet at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 21, the SEC office announced Monday. The Eastern Division showdown will be televised on either the SEC Network or SEC Net Alternate.

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The Gamecocks have won the last three games in the battle for the Mayor's Cup to take a 5-4 lead in the all-time series between the two schools that call Columbia home. Carolina owns a 2-1 mark when playing the Tigers in the Show Me State, including a 31-13 win in 2017.

That game will begin a stretch of six-consecutive games against SEC Eastern Division opponents for the Gamecocks.

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Carolina (1-1) will host second-ranked Alabama (2-0) on Saturday, Sept. 14, while Missouri (1-1) hosts Southeast Missouri State (1-1).

Clemson-Charlotte at 7:30 p.m.

The Charlotte-Clemson game on Sept. 21 at Death Valley will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be shown on ACC Network.

Furman's Grainger gets two honors

GREENVILLE -- Furman quarterback Darren Grainger, was named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week and STATS National Freshman of the Week.

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Making only the third start of his career and facing FBS member Georgia State, the Paladin redshirt freshman completed 16-of-25 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns while rushing also nine times for 53 yards and a score in the Paladins’ 48-42 loss to the Panthers.

The Conway High School product threw touchdown strikes covering 18, 32, 11, and 30 yards, and his scoring run went for 12 yards with 3:26 remaining in the game to pull Furman to within 48-42.

Furman ranked No. 13 in AFCA FCS Poll

GREENVILLE - Furman is ranked 13th in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll.

The Paladins (1-1), who fell two spots from 11th following a 48-42 loss to Georgia State on Saturday, tallied 312 points, one point ahead of 14th place Central Arkansas.

Two teams passed Furman in the poll. Illinois State (1-1) moved from 16th to 12th following its 42-14 win over Morehead State, and Northern Iowa (1-1) defeated Southern Utah, 34-14, to move from 12th to 10th.

Reigning national champion North Dakota State remained No. 1 in the poll followed by James Madison, South Dakota State, UC Davis, and Eastern Washington, who round out the top five.

Furman faces its second consecutive FBS foe this Saturday when it travels to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech in a 12:05 p.m., ACC Network televised contest at Lane Stadium. The Hokies (1-1) are coming off a 31-17 triumph over Old Dominion on Saturday.

North Carolina A&T of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which lost to Duke Saturday, is ranked 17th. Wofford, which did not play and is 0-1 after an opening loss to South Carolina State, is ranked 22nd, down from 20th a week ago.

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