The forthcoming SEC Network, which will launch on August 14, has announced its schedule of live football games for the first four weeks of next season, and it's a list that should make all 14 conference teams happy.
Per a release from the SEC Digital Network, eight SEC teams' openers will be broadcast on the network, and each program will be shown at least once on its home field during the first four weeks.
Here is the full released schedule:
|Date||Time (ET)||Road Team||Home Team|
|Thursday, Aug. 28||6:00 p.m.||Texas A&M||South Carolina|
|Thursday, Aug. 28||9:15 p.m.||Temple||Vanderbilt|
|Saturday, Aug. 30||Noon||UT-Martin||Kentucky|
|Saturday, Aug. 30||4:00 p.m.||Arkansas||Auburn|
|Saturday, Aug. 30||7:30 p.m.||Southern Miss.||Mississippi State|
|Sunday, Aug. 31||7:00 p.m.||Utah State||Tennessee|
|Saturday, Sept. 6||Noon||Florida Atlantic||Alabama|
|Saturday, Sept. 6||Noon||Arkansas State||Tennessee|
|Saturday, Sept. 6||4:00 p.m.||Eastern Michigan||Florida|
|Saturday, Sept. 6||4:00 p.m.||Nicholls State||Arkansas|
|Saturday, Sept. 6||7:30 p.m.||Sam Houston State||LSU|
|Saturday, Sept. 6||7:30 p.m.||Lamar||Texas A&M|
|Saturday, Sept. 13||Noon||UCF||Missouri|
|Saturday, Sept. 13||4:00 p.m.||UL-Lafayette||Ole Miss|
|Saturday, Sept. 13||7:30 p.m.||Kentucky||Florida|
|Saturday, Sept. 20||Noon||Troy||Georgia|
|Saturday, Sept. 20||4:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD|
|Saturday, Sept. 20||7:30 p.m.||TBD||TBD|
Source: SEC Digital Network
The first game broadcast on the network will be a good one, an All-SEC affair between Texas A&M and South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 28 that doubles as one of the best games in Week 1.
The Aggies are one of three SEC teams, along with Arkansas (at Auburn) and Kentucky (at Florida), that will have a road game broadcast in the first four weeks, and as such, each school will be on the network a second time, at home, before the first four weeks are through.
"The fact that the SEC Network will originate a game from every stadium in the conference in the first four weeks of the 2014 season is testament to the depth of coverage fans can expect from the network," said SEC commissioner Mike Slive, according to the release.
"The schedule includes quality and depth from across the conference," chimed in Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. "The full breadth of teams and stadiums showcased in the first month alone speaks volumes on the type of programming sports fans should expect on the SEC Network."
This is a good first step for the network, showing a concerted effort, at least at first, to give teams such as Kentucky as much play as blue bloods such as Auburn and Alabama.
Clay Travis of FoxSports.com, who has been all over the SEC Network coverage from the onset, agrees that this is a good move:
So @SECNetwork will have 8 SEC team openers week one and 14 SEC games in first two weeks. That's pretty strong opening two weeks.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) May 1, 2014
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