Programming for the first four weeks of the SEC Network was released on Thursday. All 14 SEC institutions will have at least one home game on the network in the first four weeks of the 2014 season. We've known the opener against South Carolina was going to be the network debut for sometime. The addition of the Lamar game to the lineup is a nice surprise.
Simply put, the network is going to kick ass. Here's the lineup for the first four weeks:
|Thursday, August 28||5 PM||Texas A&M at South Carolina|
|8:15 PM||Temple at Vanderbilt|
|Saturday, August 30||11 AM||Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky|
|3 PM||Arkansas at Auburn|
|6:30 PM||Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State|
|Sunday, August 31||6 PM||Utah State at Tennessee|
|Saturday, September 6||11 AM||Florida Atlantic at Alabama|
|11 AM||Arkansas State at Tennessee|
|3 PM||Eastern Michigan at Florida|
|3 PM||Nicholls State at Arkansas|
|6:30 PM||Sam Houston State at LSU|
|6:30 PM||Lamar at Texas A&M|
|Saturday, September 13||11 AM||UCF at Missouri|
|3 PM||Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss|
|6:30 PM||Kentucky at Florida|
|Saturday, September 20||11 AM||Troy at Georgia|
We host Rice on September 13th. I figure that game will find its way onto ESPN2 or ESPNU. The same goes for the September 20th game in Dallas against SMU. I suppose the SEC Network might fill one of their open slots with that game, but I don't know how that'd work with SMU as the home team.
Go to hell, off season. I smell brisket and football on the horizon.