Auburn's season opener versus Arkansas to kick off at 4 p.m. ET

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 1, 2014 

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TODD J. VAN EMST — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's season opener against Arkansas on Aug. 30 will kick off at 4 p.m. ET, the Southeastern Conference announced on Thursday.

The game, which is also the Tigers' home and SEC opener at Jordan-Hare Stadium, will air on the SEC Network, as previously announced. Along with the kickoff time for the Tigers/Razorbacks contest, the league revealed the slate of games the SEC Network will broadcast during the first four weeks of the coming season. In that stretch, all 14 member schools will host a game on network, beginning with a doubleheader on Aug. 28, when Texas A&M heads to South Carolina and Vanderbilt welcomes Temple to Nashville, Tenn.

"“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 a statement. “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.”

The SEC Network will launch Aug. 14. and be distributed by Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse and Google Fiber. It is still working to secure broadcast rights with regional cable providers.

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