When Will 'SEC Nation' Come to Starkville?

SEC Nation – if you haven’t heard of it you will be familiar with it before long. It’s the SEC Network’s version of College Gameday. No longer will we have to sit through talk about Notre Dame and USC and Texas just to hear 20 seconds or less (nothing!) said about MSU’s game that particular Saturday on ESPN’s Gameday. Now we’ll have a show devoted solely to the SEC, and talking about all the games around the conference.

The show will be hosted by Joe Tessitore , Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum.

SEC Nation will hit each of the 14 conference schools this fall! So that means Starkville will be a host.

Some sites have already been announced:

  1. South Carolina, Week 1 (Thurs)
  2. Auburn, Week 1 (Sat)
  3. Vanderbilt, Week 2
  4. Florida, Week 3
  5. Alabama, Week 4

So that cancels out the Southern Miss and UAB games as possibilities – but who was thinking they would be anyway? SEC Nation won’t be coming to Baton Rouge for our game against LSU either, but this is all about when they’ll be coming to Starkville. So, remaining home games on the calendar…

  • Texas A&M (Week 6)
  • Auburn (Week 7)
  • Arkansas (Week 10)
  • UT-Martin (Week 11)
  • Vanderbilt (Week 13)

Let’s hope it’s for either the A&M or Auburn game….as those appear to be the biggest and best from our summertime vantage point. Now let’s take a look at some of the other SEC games going on those weeks..

Week 6:

  • Florida at Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt at Georgia
  • South Carolina at Kentucky
  • Alabama at Ole Miss
  • LSU at Auburn

It’s going to be tough to beat out those other two Western division games. Now, they will have already been to Auburn so that may cancel out the Plains but I’d bet a silver dollar they go to Oxford. It’s a big game plus there really aren’t any other big games at Ole Miss outside of the Egg Bowl.

Week 7:

  • LSU at Florida
  • Georgia at Missouri
  • ULM at Kentucky
  • Chattanooga at Tennessee
  • Charleston Southern at Vanderbilt
  • Alabama at Arkansas
  • Ole Miss at Texas A&M

This schedule looks better. UGA at Mizzou will likely be the main competition as SEC Nation has already gone to Florida. It’s possible that OM/A&M could be competition but considering the show likely just saw the Rebels they may be looking to venture out.

I’d say there’s a 25% chance it’s the A&M game and a 50% chance it’s the Auburn game. But if we don’t get chosen for either one of those games it’s most likely going to end up being Vanderbilt. Here’s why: when we play Arkansas on November 1st it’s the same weekend as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Then when we play UT-Martin it’s the same weekend as Bama’s trip to LSU. When MSU plays Vandy there aren’t too many good games that day – Missouri at Tennessee and Ole Miss at Arkansas are the only other conference matchups.

So I’ll say 25% it’s Week 6 (Texas A&M), 50% it’s Week 7 (Auburn), and 25% it’s Week 13 (Vanderbilt).

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