The SEC Network has announced its schedule of football games for the first four weeks of the 2014 season. It appears that all 14 teams will have a game televised by the network during that time. Of those 14 teams, eight of them will have their season openers broadcasted live. The network is set to launch Aug. 14.
Game action will kick off on Aug. 28 with a doubleheader featuring Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks and Temple Owls at Vanderbilt Commodores. The fact that all 14 teams will have a game shown on the network in its first few weeks shows fans how dedicated the network is to providing coverage to all teams, not just the major ones. For teams like Vanderbilt and the Kentucky Wildcats, the network will provide ample opportunity to gain exposure.
When the announcement was made that the SEC Network was coming to college football, there were some doubters. Fans of some teams were concerned that the network would mainly focus on teams such as the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs, but that is not the case. It was a smart move and a huge step for the SEC. I expect fans to be very pleased with the wide array of games that will be televised.
Competition amongst college football’s major conferences has now gone from the playing field to the television. The SEC Network joins the Pac-12 and Big Ten networks as college football’s major providers of game coverage. There will be an arms race to see which network can become the most lucrative. If I had to guess, the SEC Network will likely reign supreme.