SEC Network to Feature Every Conference Team in First Four Weeks of 2014 Season

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014

FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo, ESPN President John Skipper, left, and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive address the media during a news conference announcing the launching of the SEC Network in partnership with ESPN, in Atlanta. ESPN is cutting its workforce, the latest Disney division to reduce staff. While announcing cuts Tuesday, ESPN will still be expanding in other areas.  (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
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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:

Sec Network Schedule: First Four Weeks of 2014
DateTime (ET)Road TeamHome Team
Thursday, Aug. 286:00 p.m.Texas A&MSouth Carolina
Thursday, Aug. 289:15 p.m.TempleVanderbilt
Saturday, Aug. 30NoonUT-MartinKentucky
Saturday, Aug. 304:00 p.m.ArkansasAuburn
Saturday, Aug. 307:30 p.m.Southern Miss.Mississippi State
Sunday, Aug. 317:00 p.m.Utah StateTennessee
Saturday, Sept. 6NoonFlorida AtlanticAlabama
Saturday, Sept. 6NoonArkansas StateTennessee
Saturday, Sept. 64:00 p.m.Eastern MichiganFlorida
Saturday, Sept. 64:00 p.m.Nicholls StateArkansas
Saturday, Sept. 67:30 p.m.Sam Houston StateLSU
Saturday, Sept. 67:30 p.m.LamarTexas A&M
Saturday, Sept. 13NoonUCFMissouri
Saturday, Sept. 134:00 p.m.UL-LafayetteOle Miss
Saturday, Sept. 137:30 p.m.KentuckyFlorida
Saturday, Sept. 20NoonTroyGeorgia
Saturday, Sept. 204:00 p.m.TBDTBD
Saturday, Sept. 207:30 p.m.TBDTBD
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:

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