Since it seems like 1 in every 4 college football fans has a raging hard-on for the SEC, I thought it might be a good idea to take an early look at the SEC schedule on CBS this upcoming season. Most of the schedule I have is probably about 75-80% correct as a lot of things can change. This schedule is probably mostly correct with maybe one or two changes if certain teams exceed expectations (or others shit the bed). So here is what the schedule looks like for the SEC on CBS this season (and of course, it is always a damn good set of games…all games at 3:30 EST unless otherwise stated):
Sept. 14, 2013 – Alabama at Texas A&M
Sept. 21, 2013 – Auburn at LSU
Sept. 28, 2013 – LSU at Georgia (12:00pm); Ole Miss at Alabama
Oct. 5, 2013 – Georgia at Tennessee
Oct. 12, 2013 – Florida at LSU
Oct. 19, 2013 – South Carolina at Tennessee (12:00pm); Auburn at Texas A&M
Oct. 26, 2013 – Tennessee at Alabama
Nov. 2, 2013 – Georgia vs. Florida (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 9, 2013 – Vanderbilt at Florida; LSU at Alabama (8:00pm)
Nov. 16, 2013 – Florida at South Carolina
Nov. 23, 2013 – Texas A&M at LSU
Nov. 29, 2013 (Friday) – Arkansas at LSU (2:30pm)
Nov. 30, 2013 – Alabama at Auburn
Dec. 7, 2013 – SEC Championship
Now only the first three weeks are official, but chances are the rest of these games are set in stone for the rest of the season.
- According to my list, the amount of times a team would appear on CBS would be as follows (not including the SEC Championship): Alabama – 5, Arkansas – 1, Auburn – 3, Florida – 4, Georgia – 3, LSU – 6, Ole Miss – 1, South Carolina – 2, Tennessee – 3, Texas A&M – 3, Vanderbilt – 1. Three teams would not appear at all: Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Missouri.
- One of these games will, in all likelihood, not be shown on CBS. I believe CBS has the rights to 12-15 regular season SEC games. Of course the one game removed will be one of the doubleheader games. My money is on one of the games on October 19 to be taken out, with the other game being at the regular 3:30 kickoff time. If I had to choose, I say Auburn/Texas A&M gets left out to be picked up by ESPN.
- Funny how Auburn and Tennessee, two schools that haven’t played well lately, get more than one CBS game. Bottom line is it all has to do with the school they’re playing, not those schools themselves.
- I can’t remember the last time Mississippi State appeared on CBS. After some research I see it was only two seasons ago! Where was I when that happened?
So there you have it SECers (SECites? SECians?) Most of the rest of the games will be on Peachtree TV or the ESPN networks which means if you get the NCAA football package from either Rogers or Bell you should get damn near every SEC game that your heart desires.
One last note…why is it that fans of schools in the SEC, tend to root for the SEC in general? To me it seems just a bit odd. For example, I am a Toronto Maple Leafs fan (I know…the jokes write themselves). However, if they get eliminated from the playoffs or just don’t make them, I’m not going to spouting off on Facebook and Twitter saying “NORTHEAST DIVISION BABY! Northeast takin it home!” And other shit like that. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but it seems silly to go nuts over Auburn in the Outback Bowl (for example) if you are a diehard Crimson Tide fan.