Nashville, TN (WLTX) -- Die-hard Gamecocks fans were up early Thursday morning in Nashville, already celebrating the start of the 2012 college football season.
The USC Gamecocks take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the season opener at Vanderbilt's Nashville stadium, "Dudley Field."
The neighborhood surrounding the school are known for the tailgating parties, both by local and out-of-town fans.
Every athletic center parking spot around the stadium, baseball field, tennis courts, and soccer fields; retail parking, side streets, even church parking lots all become clogged around Dudley Field days before the football game.
This year the South Carolina Gamecock fans are starting the the party early... Around 9 AM Thursday.
See the photos, then watch the game tonight:
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