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UK football's season, league openers to air on SEC Network

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SECNetwork_FacebookTwitter_UTMartin.jpg The SEC Network, it's coming.

You've known about the launch of the new network, which will cover America's best sports conference in unprecedented fashion, for months now, but it became just a little more real on Thursday.

The SEC Network announced its television schedule for the first three weeks of the 2014 football season and Kentucky will be featured twice. The Wildcats will play two of their first three games on the SEC Network, hosting Tennessee-Martin for their season opener on Aug. 30 at noon ET and traveling to face Florida on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET for both teams' SEC opener.

This is significant because the SEC Network will be the only place fans will be able to watch these two games, other than in person. So far, cable and satellite providers AT&T U-Verse, DISH, Google Fiber and National Rural Telecommunications cooperative (NRTC) have agreed to carry the SEC Network. If your provider has not yet signed on, visit GetSECNetwork.com to demand the SEC Network.

UK isn't the only SEC school that will play early-season games on the SEC Network. In fact, the SEC Network will air a home game for each of the league's 14 schools within the first four weeks of the season.

"The fact that the SEC Network will originate a game from every stadium in the conference in the first four weeks of the 2014 season is testament to the depth of coverage fans can expect from the network," said Mike Slive, SEC commissioner. "In just the first month of the season, fans that get the network will enjoy all the passion and pageantry of SEC football from 14 of the greatest venues in the world of sports. This is what the SEC Network is all about."

The SEC Network -- which launches on Aug. 14 -- will carry its first football games on the season's first night, with Texas A&M and South Carolina and Vanderbilt and Temple playing a doubleheader. In total, six games will air on the SEC Network in each of the season's first two weeks and three more in both weeks three and four.

"The network will have a terrific line-up of games over the first four weeks. The schedule includes quality and depth from across the conference," said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. "The full breadth of teams and stadiums showcased in the first month alone speaks volumes on the type of programming sports fans should expect on the SEC Network."

The complete SEC Network schedule for the first four weeks of the season can be found below. Kickoff times and television information for the remainder of SEC games will be announced later.

 2014 SEC College Football Schedule (subject to change):

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Thu, Aug. 28

6 p.m.

Texas A&M at South Carolina

 

9:15 p.m.

Temple at Vanderbilt

Sat, Aug. 30

Noon

Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky

 

4 p.m.

Arkansas at Auburn

 

7:30 p.m.

Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State

Sun, Aug. 31

7 p.m.

Utah State at Tennessee

Sat, Sept. 6

Noon

Florida Atlantic at Alabama

 

Noon

Arkansas State at Tennessee

 

4 p.m.

Eastern Michigan at Florida

 

4 p.m.

Nicholls State at Arkansas

 

7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston State at LSU

 

7:30 p.m.

Lamar at Texas A&M

Sat, Sept. 13

Noon

UCF at Missouri

 

4 p.m.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss

 

7:30 p.m.

Kentucky at Florida

Sat, Sept. 20

Noon

Troy at Georgia

 

4 p.m.

TBD

 

7:30 p.m.

TBD


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