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SEC On ESPN Kickoff Times (Part Two)

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With 8 of the SEC teams setting up their first three kickoff times for ESPN, there were officially six more to cover, which is why there is a part two to this segment. As of yet, no more kickoff times have been added, which gives more time to cover what is the majority of the SEC East and the last two the West. While the scheduling has died down for the moment, now is the time to put out the remaining six (all times ET).

  • Florida:
  • September 1: Charlston Southern, 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network
  • September 8: Kentucky 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network
  • September 15: Colorado State 4 PM ET, SEC Network

The Dan Mullen era at Florida will officially begin, though maybe one year too early for some. While the SEC portion starts in Week Two, The Rams visit Gainesville as part of the agreement when Jim McElwain took the Florida job in late 2014. The only problem is, McElwain is no longer with the team, so for both sides, this game is practically moot.

  • LSU:
  • September 2: Miami (FL) (Arlington), 7:30 PM ET, ABC
  • September 8, Southeastern Louisiana, 7 PM ET, ESPN2/ESPNU
  • September 15, @ Auburn, 3:30 PM ET, CBS

The beginning of Year Two of the Ed Orgeron era in Baton Rouge will be an interesting one to say the least. The Bayou Bengals will head to Jerry’s House to take on Mark Richt and the Hurricanes in a Sunday night battle, with Joe Burrow most likely the starter. The next test is two weeks at the Plains where both teams as mentioned, split the last four games overall.

  • Missouri:
  • September 1: UT-Martin, 4 PM ET, SEC Network Alternate
  • September 8: Wyoming, 7 PM ET, ESPN2/ESPNU
  • September 15, @ Purdue, 7:30 PM ET, Big Ten Network

With new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley, there is hope that Drew Lock will have all cylinders firing and go 3-0 before their first SEC contest against Georgia. They will host the Cowboys in Week Two out of the Mountain West Conference while making a return visit to West Lafayette to even things with the Boilermakers in Big Ten country.

  • Ole Miss:
  • September 1: Texas Tech (Houston), Noon ET, ESPN
  • September 8: Southern Illinois, 4 PM ET, SEC Alternate
  • September 15, Alabama, 7 PM ET, ESPN
  • November 22: Mississippi State, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN

Unless Matt Luke and the Rebels get their 2018 bowl ban overturned, some games early would prove moot. But one exception can be made is heading to Houston to face the Red Raiders out of the Big XII as a consolation. What will really be scary for potential new starter Jordan Ta’amu is hosting the Crimson Tide. Theywere shellacked in Tuscalooosa 66-3 last season.

  • South Carolina:
  • September 1: Coastal Carolina, Noon ET, SEC Network
  • September 8: Georgia, 3:30 PM ET, CBS (already announced)
  • September 15: Marshall, 7:30 PM ET, ESPNU

After a 9-4 campaign and beating Michigan in the Outback Bowl, things look more promising than ever, even with Bryan McClendon now calling the shots for the offense. The biggest test early is facing SEC Champion Georgia, who could come to Columbia with a chip on their shoulders, losing to Alabama in the national title game. Afterwards, they will face the Thundering Herd out of Conference USA.

  • Vanderbilt
  • September 1, Middle Tennessee State, 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network Alternate
  • September 8, Nevada, Noon ET, SEC Network
  • September 15, @ Notre Dame, 2:30 PM ET, NBC

After a 3-0 start and losing four in a row in 2017, Derek Mason hopes for a more positive start to 2018 as he could start on the hot seat early in Week Three. The Commodores will host the Wolfpack out of the Mountain West Conference while traveling to South Bend to take on the Irish. It will be the third matchup overall between the two helmet domed schools with Notre Dame winning the first two.

Looks like the first three weeks of the SEC schedule is officially covered and then some. It will be most likely around October when ESPN and CBS began to pick which games they will air as the season begins to go deep.

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