SEC on the tube

LSU and Mississippi State kick off the Southeastern Conference football season Thursday night, Aug. 30 in Starkville. Four months and one day later, the Eastern and Western Division champs meet Dec. 1 in Atlanta.

These are two of the 19 SEC shootouts already scheduled to be televised by CBS, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or Lincoln Financial Sports. The league's preliminary TV schedule, posted at, shows Tennessee slated for two September television appearances – Sept. 1 at California (ABC at 8 p.m. ET) and Sept. 15 at Florida (CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET).

Based on historical precedent, just about every Tennessee game will be televised by one network or another this season. The 2006 Vols were televised in 11 of their 13 games, with the other two airing on a pay-per-view basis. The 2005 Vols showed up on TV in 10 of 11 games, with the other being a pay-per-view affair. The 2004 Vols played 12 of 13 games on TV, with one pay-per-view appearance.

Several attractive matchups are among the 19 SEC games already locked in for regional or national telecasts. Here's the preliminary list (All games are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.):

Thursday, Aug. 30: LSU at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. CT (ESPN)

Sept. 1: Oklahoma State at Georgia, 6:45 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Sept. 1: Kansas State at Auburn, 7:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sept. 1: Tennessee at California, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)

Sept. 8: Alabama at Vanderbilt, 12:30 p.m. ET (LFS)

Sept. 8: South Carolina at Georgia, 5:45 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Sept. 8: South Florida at Auburn, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Sept. 8: Virginia Tech at LSU, 9:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sept. 15: Mississippi State at Auburn, 12:30 p.m. ET (LFS)

Sept. 15: Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Sept. 15: Arkansas at Alabama, 6:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Thursday, Oct. 4: Kentucky at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Oct. 6: SEC Doubleheader, 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET (CBS)

Friday, Nov. 23: Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 12:30 p.m. ET (LFS)

Friday, Nov. 23: Arkansas at LSU, 2:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Nov. 24: SEC Doubleheader, 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Dec. 1: SEC Championship Game, 4 p.m. ET (CBS)

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