The 2013 college football season begins on Thursday, Aug. 29, and one of the first games features an SEC team. The No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks host the North Carolina Tar Heels at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
But based on the preseason rankings, the biggest game involving an SEC team is Saturday night when the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs travel to face the No. 8 Clemson Tigers. The game will be televised by ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
A trio of SEC teams will open the 2013 season at neutral sites. Alabama takes on Virginia Tech in Atlanta, LSU faces TCU in Arlington, and Mississippi State meets Oklahoma State in Houston.
Below is the complete schedule of SEC football games for week one:
Thursday, Aug. 29
North Carolina at South Carolina – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt – 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Saturday, Aug. 31
Toledo at Florida – 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network/ESPN3*
Rice at Texas A&M – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State (at Houston, TX) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2
UL Lafayette at Arkansas – 4 p.m. ET, FSN/ESPN3*
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (at Atlanta, GA) – 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Austin Peay at Tennessee – 6 p.m. ET, Pay-per-view/ESPN3*
Washington State at Auburn – 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Kentucky at Western Kentucky – 7 p.m. ET, ESPNews
Georgia at Clemson – 8 p.m. ET, ABC
LSU vs. TCU (at Arlington, TX) – 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Murray State at Missouri – 7 p.m. ET, Pay-per-view/ESPN3*
* Subject to blackout restrictions.