Recording artist Darius Rucker, who first gained fame as Hootie, lead singer and guitarist for the South Carolina-based band Hootie and The Blowfish, loves his sports. The South Carolina native is a Miami Dolphins fan and shows his support with a tattoo of the team’s logo. Now a successful country singer, Hootie likes college sports, too. A South Carolina graduate, Rucker will be among the tens of thousands in attendance at the Horseshoe in Columbia on Saturday when ESPN’s popular program College Gameday visits as the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Georgia Bulldogs. Rucker will serve as College Gameday’s guest picker.
South Carolina will entertain Georgia in a Southeastern Conference battle between two unbeatens. The Gamecocks are set to host College Gameday for the sixth time. The last time South Carolina hosted College Gameday, the Gamecocks upset top-ranked Alabama in 2010.
South Carolina and Georgia boast identical records. Both teams are 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC. Fourth-ranked Georgia and seventh-ranked South Carolina were each in action last week. Georgia held off the host Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. After facing a 10-point deficit at halftime in another road game, heavily-favored South Carolina moved ahead and pulled away to beat the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington.
ESPNU’s Roadtrip show is also scheduled to be in Columbia this week to highlight the South Carolina campus.
Kickoff for the South Carolina-Georgia game is set for 7 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
College Gameday will begin airing at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN.