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It’s going to be a busy bowl season for three South Carolina football teams:

Dec. 27, Birmingham Bowl: Coastal Carolina (9-3) will face ECU (7-5) in Birmingham. The game starts at 6:45 p.m. 

Dec. 30, Gator Bowl: The No. 20 USC Gamecocks (8-4) will face the No. 19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4) in Jacksonville. “What an opportunity for our players to play a team like Notre Dame, a fantastic opponent,” coach Shane Beamer told reporters. “I haven’t seen the other bowl games, but I know this one has got to be right at the top in terms of excitement.” The game starts at 3:30 p.m. 

Dec. 30, Orange Bowl: There’s going to be a lot of orange in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium as the No. 7 Clemson Tigers (11-2, orange is primary color) face the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers (10-2, also orange). Coach Dabo Swinney told reporters: “If 11-2 and being your league champion and going to the Orange Bowl, you aren’t happy with that — I don’t know what to say to you,” Swinney said. The game starts at 8 p.m.

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