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Network to air 16 early-season games

By Chris Low
ESPN.com

The SEC Network, set to launch on Aug. 14, will air games featuring all 14 league teams in the first four weeks of the 2014 season.

Eight SEC teams will open their 2014 seasons on the SEC Network, including defending conference champion Auburn hosting Arkansas at 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 30.

Opening week includes a previously announced Thursday night doubleheader. Texas A&M will visit South Carolina on Aug. 28 for a 6 p.m. ET game, and Temple will play at Vanderbilt at 9:15 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, the SEC Network will show six matchups. Each of the games will be available to everyone who receives the SEC Network. The games will be televised on either the SEC Network or an overflow channel made available on that Saturday.

"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 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."

Below is the SEC Network schedule for the first four weeks of the season (all times ET):

Aug. 28
Texas A&M at South Carolina, 6 p.m.
Temple at Vanderbilt, 9:15 p.m.

Aug. 30
Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky, noon
Arkansas at Auburn, 4 p.m.
Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 31
Utah State at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6
Florida Atlantic at Alabama, noon
Arkansas State at Tennessee, noon
Eastern Michigan at Florida, 4 p.m.
Nicholls State at Arkansas, 4 p.m.
Sam Houston State at LSU, 7:30 p.m.
Lamar at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 13
UCF at Missouri, noon
Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss, 4 p.m.
Kentucky at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20
Troy at Georgia, noon