The 2013 college football season is almost here, and fans in the SEC can now start making plans for the upcoming games.
The conference that has won the last seven BCS national championships has announced its full schedule for the first three weeks of the season, including dates, times and television coverage, per SEC Digital Network.
Fans will get their first taste of action in the battle of Carolinas on Thursday, Aug. 29. North Carolina will travel to SEC country to take on South Carolina in a game that will be shown on ESPN. This is the first part of a doubleheader on the network that concludes with a battle between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
The rest of the conference will have to wait until Saturday, Aug. 31, to start their season. Of course, this is where some intriguing non-conference games will take place as the SEC looks to continue to show its dominance.
At 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, Alabama will face Virginia Tech in a neutral game in Atlanta. LSU will also appear on the Worldwide Leader in Sports as the Tigers face TCU at 9 p.m. ET in Arlington. A battle between Georgia and Clemson at 8 p.m. should also be considered a can't-miss contest.
There are a number of other non-conference games announced across the first month of the season, including Florida at Miami on Sept. 7 and Tennessee at Oregon on Sept. 14.
As far as the conference games go, the early battles between South Carolina and Georgia (Sept. 7) as well as Alabama against Texas A&M (Sept. 14) are certain to make a huge impact on the season nationwide.
It all leads up to the SEC Championship Game, which will take place on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. ET in Atlanta, broadcasted by CBS. There are 14 teams vying for one of the spots in this game, and their fate could be decided early in the season.
Make sure you highlight the games immediately and make sure you do not miss a second of the action.
Released Schedule (via SEC Digital Network)
Thursday, Aug. 29
North Carolina at South Carolina (ESPN – 6 p.m. ET)
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (ESPN – 9:15 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Aug. 31
Toledo at Florida (SEC Network – 12:21 p.m. ET)
Rice at Texas A&M (ESPN – 1 p.m. ET)
Miss. State vs. Oklahoma State [Houston] (ABC and ESPN2 – 3:30 p.m. ET)
La. Lafayette at Arkansas (FSN – 4 p.m. ET)
Virginia Tech vs. Alabama [Atlanta] (ESPN – 5:30 p.m. ET)
Austin Peay at Tennessee (PPV – 6 p.m. ET)
Washington State at Auburn (ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky [Nashville] (ESPNews – 7 p.m. ET)
Georgia at Clemson (ABC – 8 p.m. ET)
TCU vs. LSU [Arlington] (ESPN – 9 p.m. ET)
Murray State at Missouri (PPV – TBA)
Saturday, Sept. 7
Florida at Miami (ESPN - 12 p.m. ET)
Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky (FSN – 12 p.m. ET)
Western Kentucky at Tennessee (SEC Network – 12:21 p.m. ET)
Toledo at Missouri (ESPNU – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Alcorn State at Miss. State (CSS – 3:30 p.m. ET)
South Carolina at Georgia (ESPN – 4:30 p.m. ET)
Samford at Arkansas [Little Rock] (PPV – 7 p.m. ET)
UAB at LSU (ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
SE Missouri at Ole Miss (PPV – 7 p.m. ET)
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M (PPV – 7 p.m. ET)
Arkansas State at Auburn (FSN – 7:30 p.m. ET)
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt (CSS – 7:30 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Sept. 14
Louisville at Kentucky (ESPN – 12 p.m. ET)
Southern Miss at Arkansas (SEC Network – 12:21 p.m. ET)
Alabama at Texas A&M (CBS – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Tennessee at Oregon (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Miss. State at Auburn (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Vanderbilt at South Carolina (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Kent State at LSU (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Ole Miss at Texas (Longhorn Network – 8 p.m. ET)
Other Announced Games
Oct. 19 - CBS Doubleheader (CBS – 12/3:30 p.m. ET)
Oct. 24 - Kentucky at Miss. State (ESPN – 7:30 p.m. ET)
Nov. 2 - Georgia vs. Florida [Jacksonville] (CBS – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Nov. 9 - CBS Doubleheader (CBS – 3:30/8:00 p.m. ET
Nov. 28 - Ole Miss at Miss. State (ESPN – 7:30 p.m. ET)
Nov. 29 - Arkansas at LSU (CBS – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Dec. 7 - SEC Championship Game (Atlanta)(CBS – 4 p.m. ET)
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