Posted: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
By Brandon Larrabee
The game of the early season is here, as Alabama squares off with Texas A&M; in a revenge game that will affect the race for the SEC West. Auburn and Mississippi State meet five years after one of the worst SEC football games of all time. Ole Miss faces Texas, and there's a grudge match in the Bluegrass State
What, were you expecting Southern Miss-Arkansas? Verne and Gary return with the most anticipated SEC game of the early season. The next most anticipated game after this one is probably LSU versus the winner.
It's kind of flattering to UK that ESPN put this on the main channel instead of shuffling it off to ESPNU or something. Most people don't have high hopes for the competitiveness of this one.
Bret Bielema must feel like he never left the Big Ten. His Hogs begin the year with four non-conference games (three of them cupcakes), which used to be common practice up north for years until they realized that it's important to have people watch your conference's games in September.
This game gets to go up against CBS in this time slot because it's covered under the Pac-12's TV deals. It's a tune up for next year, when the SEC Network breaks CBS's exclusivity window. Also, Tennessee is getting creamed.
Fitting that a game no one will watch is on a channel that no one gets.
James Franklin gets a chance at finally securing a signature win while the reeling Gamecocks have to get off the mat and avoid a letdown. Should be a good one.
Did you think you were going to get to watch this? Think again!