ESPN has selected the Southeastern Conference college football games for coverage across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and the SEC Network during the first three weeks of the 2012 season. Overall, 33 games involving SEC teams will be carried from the season opener on Thursday, Aug. 30 (South Carolina at Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN) to Saturday, Sept. 15. Additional selections will be determined as the season progresses. Highlights:
- The first three weeks will include multiple games involving all six of the SEC teams ranked in the College Football Live preseason top 25 poll, highlighted by five of the top nine.
- On Saturday, Sept. 8, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the first conference games of new members Texas A&M and Missouri: No. 25 Florida at Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and No. 6 Georgia at Missouri at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN2.
- Additional conference showdowns in the first three weeks include No. 8 South Carolina at Vanderbilt (Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. on ESPN); Auburn at Mississippi State (Saturday, Sept. 8, at noon on ESPN); and No. 25 Florida at Tennessee (Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. on ESPN).
- ESPN will offer an SEC tripleheader on Saturday, Sept. 8 beginning with Auburn at Mississippi State at noon followed by No. 25 Florida at Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. and Washington at No. 2 LSU at 7 p.m.
- The first three games for No. 2 LSU and first two for No. 3 Alabama, the competing teams in last season’s BCS National Championship Game, won by Alabama 21-0:
- No. 2 LSU against North Texas (Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU), against Washington (Saturday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. on ESPN) and against Idaho (Saturday, Sept. 15 on ESPN3).
- No. 3 Alabama against No. 10 Michigan in the Cowboys Classic from Arlington (Saturday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. on ABC) and against Western Kentucky (Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and the SEC Network).
2012 SEC Schedule for August 30 through September 15 (additional selections will be announced):
|Thu, Aug 30||7 p.m.||No. 8 South Carolina at Vanderbilt *||ESPN|
|7:30 p.m.||Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech (Shreveport, La.) *||ESPNU|
|Fri, Aug 31||7:30 p.m.||Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: NC State vs. Tennessee (Atlanta) *||ESPNU|
|Sat, Sep 1||Noon||Buffalo at No. 6 Georgia||ESPN3 *** & SEC Network|
|3:30 p.m.||Bowling Green at No. 25 Florida||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 18 Clemson vs. Auburn (Atlanta) *||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||North Texas at No. 2 LSU||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||Jackson State at Mississippi State||ESPN3 *** & RSN|
|7 p.m.||Central Arkansas at Mississippi||ESPN3 *** & PPV|
|8 p.m.||Cowboys Classic: No. 10 Michigan vs. No. 3 Alabama (Arlington) *||ABC|
|TBA||Jacksonville State at No. 9 Arkansas||ESPN3 *** & PPV|
|TBA||Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri||ESPN3 *** & PPV|
|Sun, Sep 2||3:30 p.m.||Kentucky at Louisville *||ESPN|
|Sat, Sep 8||Noon||Auburn at Mississippi State||ESPN|
|Noon||East Carolina at No. 8 South Carolina||ESPN3 *** & SEC Network|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 25 Florida at Texas A&M||ESPN|
|3:30 p.m.||Western Kentucky at No. 3 Alabama||ESPN3 *** & SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Georgia State at Tennessee||ESPN3 *** & PPV|
|7 p.m.||Washington at No. 2 LSU||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Louisiana-Monroe at No. 9 Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.)||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||UTEP at Mississippi||ESPN3 *** & RSN|
|7:30 p.m.||Kent State at Kentucky||ESPN3 *** & RSN|
|7:45 p.m.||No. 6 Georgia at Missouri||ESPN2|
|Sat, Sep 15||Noon||Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn||ESPN3 *** & SEC Network|
|12:30 p.m.||Presbyterian at Vanderbilt||ESPN3 *** & RSN|
|6 p.m.||No. 25 Florida at Tennessee||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Arizona State at Missouri||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||Western Kentucky at Kentucky||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||Mississippi State at Troy *||ESPN3 **|
|7 p.m.||UAB at No. 8 South Carolina||ESPN3 *** & RSN|
|7:30 p.m.||Florida Atlantic at No. 6 Georgia||ESPN3 *** & RSN|
|8 p.m.||Idaho at No. 2 LSU||ESPN3 *** & PPV|
|9:15 p.m.||No. 22 Texas at Mississippi||ESPN|
* Previously announced
** ESPN3 Exclusive
*** Local blackout may apply
A list of 2012 SEC Network affiliates (subject to change)