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SEC On ESPN Kickoff Times (Part One)

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It appears that future scheduling seems to be taking a rest for the time being in the SEC. CBS announced kickoff times for four of their games to be aired and now it looks to be that ESPN and SEC Network are now posting theirs. You may call this 2018 football scheduling season at its finest while it lives up to Steve Spurrier’s idea of talking season. Trust me talking season is just as much fun as the season is itself physically. But for the moment, it looks that all SEC teams have set certain dates. For the moment, I am covering which teams I received notifications on and catch up on the rest soon.

  • Alabama:
  • September 1: Louisville (Orlando), 8 PM ET, ABC
  • September 8: Arkansas State, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN2
  • September 15: @ Ole Miss, 7 PM ET, ESPN

The Crimson Tide faces the Cardinals for the first time since 1991 and clash for the fourth time overall in the Camping World kickoff classic. The Red Wolves visit Tuscaloosa for the third time while next week travel to Oxford. Alabama has beaten the Rebels in two of the last four meetings.

  • Georgia:
  • September 1: Austin Peay, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN
  • September 8: @ South Carolina 3:30 PM ET, CBS (already announced)
  • September 15: Middle Tennessee, 7:15 PM ET, ESPN2

The Bulldogs travel to Columbia for their first SEC test of 2018 coming off winning the conference. They host the Blue Raiders out of Conference USA for only the second time in their history. Georgia won their only meeting in Athens in 2003.

  • Arkansas:
  • September 1: Eastern Illinois, 4 PM ET, SEC Network
  • September 8: @ Colorado State, 7:30 PM ET, CBS Sports Network
  • September 15: North Texas, 4 PM ET, SEC Network Alternate

After only three meetings in Little Rock since 1990, the Razorbacks will visit the Rams at Fort Collins for the first time ever and most likely the first ever SEC team to do so. After they return to Fayetteville, they will host the Mean Green out of Conference USA.

  • Mississippi State:
  • September 1: Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 PM ET, ESPNU
  • September 8: @ Kansas State, Noon ET, ESPN
  • September 15: Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network Alternate
  • November 22: @ Ole Miss, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN

In only their third meeting, the Bulldogs will travel to Manhattan, Kansas for the first time in over 30 years. Both split the first two games, with MSU winning the last one, but were forced to forfeit due to NCAA violations of an ineligible player in 1977. They also look to bring back the Egg Bowl trophy as they travel to Oxford to exact their revenge losing their QB Nick Fitzgerald.

  • Texas A&M:
  • Thursday August 30, Northwestern State, 8:30 PM ET, SEC Network
  • September 8: Clemson, 7 PM ET, ESPN
  • September 15: Louisiana-Monroe, 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network

Contract or not, the Jimbo Fisher era will officially begin in College Station with three consecutive night games. The biggest one yet is ACC Champion Clemson, in what will be the fourth meeting since 2005. The Aggies won the first three before dropping the last contest on the road.

  • Auburn:
  • September 1: Washington (Atlanta), 3:30 PM ET, ABC
  • September 8: Alabama State, 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network Alternate
  • September 15: LSU, 3:30 PM ET, CBS (already announced)

As Gus Malzahn once again travels to Atlanta, this time a rich man, they will face off against the Huskies for the first time ever in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic. They will host the Bayou Bengals in the so called “Tiger Bowl” where they have split the last four meetings.

  • Kentucky:
  • September 1: Central Michigan, 3:30 PM ET, ESPNU
  • September 8: @ Florida, 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network
  • September 15: Murray State, Noon ET, SEC Network Alternate

After going 7-6 in 2017, the Wildcats look to kickoff the season with at least two wins and hopefully head to Gainesville to snap a 31 game losing streak, but it will have to be against new head coach Dan Mullen. Before then they host the Chippewas out of the MAC where they have won the first six meetings.

  • Tennessee:
  • September 1: West Virigina (Charlotte), 3:30 PM ET, CBS (already announced)
  • September 8: East Tennessee State, 4 PM ET, SEC Network
  • September 15: Texas-El Paso, Noon ET, SEC Network

With the kickoff time for Charlotte already announced, all that is left to talk about is the first two games at home. As before, the Volunteers and Mountaineers face off for the first time and later on host the Miners out of Conference USA for the third time since 1990. Tennessee won both meetings.

As promised, more to come.

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