Gamecocks to Face Notre Dame in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Dec. 30

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks have accepted a bid to play in the 78th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, it was announced today. The game will be played at TIAA Bank Field (67,164) in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 pm ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

South Carolina hasn’t been in the Gator Bowl since 1987 but has played in the game on four different occasions. The Gamecocks played their first-ever bowl game in Jacksonville in 1946 and appeared in the contest again in 1980 and 1984. USC is 0-4 in its Gator Bowl appearances. A source with knowledge of the selection process told The State last week the Gator Bowl was extremely interested in the Gamecocks, noting they hadn’t played in the game in decades and the school’s proximity to Jacksonville.

It will be the fifth all-time meeting between South Carolina and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have won three of the teams’ four meetings. The Gamecocks won the last time out, a 36-32 victory during the program’s historic 1984 season. South Carolina appeared in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in 2021, downing North Carolina 38-21 and finishing the season 7-6. Beamer became just the second head coach in school history to win a bowl game in his first season at the helm in Columbia. If he were to win this year’s game, he’d be the first South Carolina coach to win bowl games in his first two years on the job.

Beamer will address local reporters at 5 p.m. Sunday to discuss the bowl game. South Carolina capped its regular season with wins over No. 8 Clemson and No. 5 Tennessee en route to its 8-4 mark. The victories over the Tigers and Volunteers marked the first time the Gamecocks had ever beaten top 10 opponents in back-to-back weeks. USC last won bowl games in consecutive years when it won four straight between 2011 to 2014.