GAME OF THE WEEK
Alabama at Texas A&M, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
What, were you expecting Southern Miss-Arkansas? Verne and Gary return with the most anticipated SEC game of the early season. The next most anticipated game after this one is probably LSU versus the winner.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Louisville at Kentucky, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
It's kind of flattering to UK that ESPN put this on the main channel instead of shuffling it off to ESPNU or something. Most people don't have high hopes for the competitiveness of this one.
Southern Miss at Arkansas, 12:21 pm ET, SEC Network
Bret Bielema must feel like he never left the Big Ten. His Hogs begin the year with four non-conference games (three of them cupcakes), which used to be common practice up north for years until they realized that it's important to have people watch your conference's games in September.
Tennessee at Oregon, 3:30 pm ET, ABC
This game gets to go up against CBS in this time slot because it's covered under the Pac-12's TV deals. It's a tune up for next year, when the SEC Network breaks CBS's exclusivity window. Also, Tennessee is getting creamed.
Mississippi State at Auburn, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN2
Kent State at LSU, 7:00 pm ET, ESPNU
Fitting that a game no one will watch is on a channel that no one gets.
Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
James Franklin gets a chance at finally securing a signature win while the reeling Gamecocks have to get off the mat and avoid a letdown. Should be a good one.
Ole Miss at Texas, 8:00 pm ET, Longhorn Network
Did you think you were going to get to watch this? Think again!