SEC Network to feature Florida

The Southeastern Conference has teamed up with ESPN and the two will launch the SEC Network on August 14. On Thursday, the league released their TV schedule for the first month of the season. All 14 SEC teams will have a televised game on the network and the Florida Gators will be featured twice.

Fans will be happy because not only will the Gators be featured twice on the network in the first four weeks but they’ll enjoy late kickoffs in both contests as well.

Florida will take on Eastern Michigan on September 6, at 4 p.m. and host Kentucky in their SEC opener the following week at 7:30 p.m. in Gainesville.

Florida only played one home night game last season (Arkansas) and receiving a later kickoff, especially early on in the season, will give fans the chance to beat the oppressive Florida heat at least twice in the first month of the season.


In a press release on Thursday morning, the league stated that each team in the conference will have a home game on the network in the first month of the season and that is a testament to the depth of the SEC.

“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,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in the release. “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.”

SEC Digital Netwok Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 28: 

6 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina (SEC and season opener)

9: 15 p.m. Temple at Vanderbilt

Saturday, Aug. 30:

Noon Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky

4 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn

7:30 p.m. Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State

Sunday, Aug. 31:

7 p.m. Utah State at Tennessee

Saturday, Sept. 6:

Noon FAU 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 Lamar at LSU

Saturday, Sept. 13:

Noon UCF at Missouri

4 p.m. Louisiana Lafayette at Ole Miss

7:30 p.m. Kentucky at Florida

Saturday, Sept 20:

Noon Troy at Georgia

4 p.m. TBD

7:30 TBD

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC