Another week, another mid-afternoon kickoff. Vanderbilt’s October 23 game against Mississippi State will be televised on the SEC Network and kick off at 3 PM CT, the SEC announced on Monday.
Week 8 is when the SEC’s run of bye weeks begins; five SEC teams (Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Missouri) will be off on October 23 — and Arkansas is playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff for a virtual bye week. That game will be the 11 AM SEC Network game; CBS for some reason picked up LSU-Ole Miss, which feels like it could be Ed Orgeron’s last game as LSU’s head coach (somehow, he still has his job after a 42-21 loss at Kentucky on Saturday.) That seems like a questionable choice when Tennessee-Alabama was right there; that game probably won’t be a great one, either, but at least Tennessee seems to be moving in the right direction. Instead, Tennessee-Alabama is set for 6 PM CT on ESPN; the SEC Network’s nightcap is South Carolina-Texas A&M at 6:30 PM CT.