Vanderbilt is still suitable for primetime.
The Commodores already knew their 2013 season would begin on national TV on the opening night of college football. But Vanderbilt’s first three games will be under the lights and televised.
The Southeastern Conference unveiled the television schedule for the first three weekends on Tuesday, coinciding with the start of SEC Media Days in Birmingham, Ala.
Vanderbilt opens at home against Ole Miss at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, on ESPN. The Commodores also learned they will play Austin Peay at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 on Comcast Sports South at Vanderbilt Stadium. Their first road game — at South Carolina on Sept. 14 — will start at 6 p.m. and either air on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The kickoff for the fourth game of the season had been previously announced. Vanderbilt will play Massachusetts at 11 a.m. on Sept. 21 at Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots) in Foxboro, Mass.
Tennessee opens its season against Austin Peay on Aug. 31 (5 p.m., Pay Per View). The Vols host Western Kentucky on Sept. 7 (11:21 a.m., SEC Network). UT travels to Oregon on Sept. 14 (2:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2).
Western Kentucky’s non-conference bout against Kentucky at LP Field on Aug. 31 kicks off at 6 p.m. on ESPNews. Head coaches Bobby Petrino (WKU) and Mark Stoops (UK) are both making their debuts with new schools.