As a part of the new TV deal that created the SEC Network, ESPN agreed to carry every non-CBS conference football game on one of its properties. This is a week that might make the Worldwide Leader regret that decision.
Each of the SECN's three time slots are double booked because of the flood of garbage games. The network will use its alternate channels to show some of them, and they are:
- U-verse: channels 1608-1610
- DirecTV: channel 611-1
- DISH Network: 596-599
- FiOS: 332
If your TV provider isn't listed above, you can check to see if you get the alternate channel here. Check your local listings to see which games are on the main and which are on the alternate channel this weekend. If you don't get the alternate channel, you can still stream the games from WatchESPN.
GAME OF THE WEEK
East Carolina at South Carolina, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
It was tough trying to select a game of the week. Really, really tough. Vanderbilt-Ole Miss should have been the easy choice, but then the Commodores decided to look like Bad Old Vandy last week. So, I'm going with this one. The Gamecocks need to bounce back in the worst way after Texas A&M humiliated them last Thursday, but ECU also runs the Air Raid and is one of the better mid-majors out there. South Carolina won't start 0-2... will it?
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
FAU at Alabama, noon ET, SEC Network
Now that the tough season opening test is through, Bama can get to the real quarterback derby for a couple of weeks before the SEC schedule starts.
Missouri at Toledo, noon ET, ESPN
Yes, this really is a true road game for the Tigers and not some kind of neutral site thing. Mizzou and the Mississippi schools are the only ones who seem to play at non-Power 5 schools regularly.
Arkansas State at Tennessee, noon ET, SEC Network
Before the season, some folks pointed to this as a potentially sneaky-tough game for the rebuilding Vols. After last week? Tennessee is currently favored by more than two touchdowns.
UAB at Mississippi State, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Yup. There are so many crap games that this one didn't even make the cut to be on the SECN alternate channel.
Ohio at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Kentucky showed us something last week. That something was the ability to firebomb a bad I-AA team. The difficulty ramps up a bit with a solid, if unspectacular MAC team. If UK gets another blowout win here, then that will actually mean something.
Eastern Michigan at Florida, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Nicholls State at Arkansas, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network
I'm not sure how this one got to be an SECN game while UAB-MSU is streaming only, but whatever. Neither is all that interesting.
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
It's not just the SEC. It really says something about the national slate of games when this one gets to be the featured afternoon game on the main ESPN channel.
San Jose State at Auburn, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
And this one gets to be a primetime game on ESPN2. Yipee!
Sam Houston State at LSU, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Forgive the Tigers if they get football whiplash in facing the fast paced Bearkats after dueling with Wisconsin last week.
Lamar at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network.