- Alabama and Georgia Featured on SEC Network in First Two Weeks of 2023 Slate
- All Southeastern Conference Squads Featured on ESPN+ for Second Straight Season
SEC Network commences its 10th college football season in Nashville on Saturday, Aug. 26, with Vanderbilt hosting Hawai’i at 7:30 p.m. ET. SECN’s season opener is one of 38 matchups featuring Southeastern Conference squads across ESPN platforms in the first four weeks of the season, including 11 televised on SEC Network.
SECN welcomes in Week 1 with a Thursday tussle between South Dakota and Missouri at 8 p.m. SECN is then set for a trio of tripleheaders to kick off 2023, including an SEC Saturday Night matchup featuring Allstate Sugar Bowl champion Alabama in Week 1 (Sept. 2 | 7:30 p.m.) and two-time defending CFP national champion Georgia opening Week 2 on SEC Network (Sept. 9 | noon).
All 14 Southeastern Conference schools will appear on ESPN+ once this fall, including Georgia opening their season on Sept. 2. These ESPN+ matchups will also be simulcast on SEC Network+, with both streams accessible in the ESPN App via connected devices.
SEC Squads Battle in Blockbuster Week 1 Matchups on ABC & ESPN
As previously announced, ABC’s Labor Day Weekend coverage is highlighted by the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando, as LSU and Florida State battle on Labor Day Sunday (Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. on ABC). In their 11th meeting all-time, the Tigers look to avenge last year’s season-opening loss to the Noles (24-23) on a blocked LSU extra point in the closing seconds of the 2022 Allstate Louisiana Kickoff in New Orleans.
Thursday of Kickoff Week welcomes the second half of a home-and-home series between Florida and Utah. The Gators, who came away with the upset victory in Gainesville a year ago, travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Starting things off on ABC Saturday is the neutral site noon showdown between Virginia and Tennessee at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The Vols, who capped an historic 2022 season with a win in the Capital One Orange Bowl, open the 2023 campaign against the Cavaliers, who return to the field for the first time after the tragic death of three UVA football players led to cancellation of the team’s final two games in 2022. ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One brings on the Battle of the Carolinas in primetime. North Carolina and South Carolina are set to duke it out at the Duke’s Mayo Classic in Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.
Weeks 2 & 3
As previously announced, Week 2 welcomes a renewed rivalry between Texas and Alabama, as the future Southeastern Conference foes face off in Tuscaloosa on ESPN in primetime on Saturday, Sept. 9. The Longhorns lead the overall series, 7-2-1, but the Crimson Tide eked out a last-second victory on the Forty Acres last fall, courtesy of a 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining to defeat UT, 20-19. The second week of the season also features Texas A&M facing off against Miami at 3:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium.
In Week 3, Alabama travels to Tampa to face off against South Florida at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, with the matchup marking the third straight week the Crimson Tide will be featured on ESPN platforms. SEC Network’s Week 3 slate is highlighted by a pair of high-energy cross-conference contests. At noon, Kansas State comes to CoMo to match up against Mizzou. On SEC Saturday Night, Ole Miss plays host to Georgia Tech under the lights of Vaught Hemingway Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Schedules are subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information. Additional scheduling details, including talent assignments for each matchup, will be announced later this summer. For complete details on ESPN’s overall football schedule for the first three weeks of the season, please click here.
ESPN PLATFORMS – 2023 EARLY SEASON SEC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Sat, Aug 26||7:30 p.m.||Hawai’i at Vanderbilt||SEC Network|
|Thu, Aug 31||8 p.m.||Florida at Utah||ESPN|
|8 p.m.||South Dakota at Missouri||SEC Network|
|Sat, Sep 2||Noon||Virginia vs. Tennessee (Nashville, Tenn.)||ABC|
|Noon||Ball State at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Mercer at Ole Miss||ESPN+/SECN+|
|3:30 p.m.||UMass at Auburn||ESPN|
|4 p.m.||SE Louisiana at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Western Carolina at Arkansas
(Little Rock, Ark.)
|6 p.m.||UT Martin at Georgia||ESPN+/SECN+|
|7 p.m.||New Mexico at Texas A&M||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt||ESPN+/SECN+|
|7:30 p.m.||Duke’s Mayo Classic:
North Carolina vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, N.C.)
|7:30 p.m.||Middle Tennessee at Alabama||SEC Network|
|Sun, Sep 3||7:30 p.m.||Camping World Kickoff: LSU vs. Florida State (Orlando, Fla.)||ABC|
|Sat, Sep 9||11 a.m.||Vanderbilt at Wake Forest||ACC Network|
|Noon||Ball State at Georgia||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky||ESPN+/SECN+|
|3:30 p.m.||Texas A&M at Miami||ABC|
|3:30 p.m.||Ole Miss at Tulane||ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||Kent State at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||Texas at Alabama||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Middle Tennessee at Missouri||ESPN+/SECN+|
|7:30 p.m.||McNeese at Florida||ESPNU|
|7:30 p.m.||Arizona at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|7:30 p.m.||Furman at South Carolina||ESPN+/SECN+|
|7:30 p.m.||Grambling at LSU||ESPN+/SECN+|
|10:30 p.m.||Auburn at California||ESPN|
|TBD||Austin Peay at Tennessee||ESPN+/SECN+|
|Sat, Sep 16||Noon||LSU at Mississippi State||ESPN|
|Noon||Kansas State at Missouri||SEC Network|
|3:30 p.m.||Alabama at South Florida||ABC|
|4 p.m.||UL Monroe at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||Tennessee at Florida||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Samford at Auburn||ESPN+/SECN+|
|7:30 p.m.||BYU at Arkansas||ESPN2|
|7:30 p.m.||Akron at Kentucky||ESPNU|
|7:30 p.m.||Georgia Tech at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|Sat, Sep 23||7 p.m.||Charlotte at Florida||ESPN+/SECN+|
|Sat, Nov 18||Noon||Chattanooga at Alabama||ESPN+/SECN+|
|Noon||Southern Miss at Mississippi State||ESPN+/SECN+|
|Noon||Abilene Christian at Texas A&M||ESPN+/SECN+|
|Thu, Nov 23||7:30 p.m.||Ole Miss at Mississippi State||ESPN|