South Carolina and Texas A&M kick off SEC’s 2014 schedule

(WIAT-CBS42, Sebastian Posey)
(WIAT-CBS42, Sebastian Posey)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – South Carolina will host Texas A&M next year in the first conference football game to be televised on the Southeastern Conference Network.

The league released its full 2014 league schedule on Wednesday, which includes eight games for all 14 teams. The schedule uses a 6-1-1 format that includes six games against all division opponents, one permanent non-divisional opponent and one rotating non-divisional opponent.

The SEC Network is scheduled to debut on Aug. 21, 2014 and will have one week on air to prepare for the South Carolina-Texas A&M showdown on Aug. 28.

The SEC’s leadership is reviewing the scheduling process and changes could be made by 2016.

“The SEC Presidents and Chancellors have committed to a review of football scheduling to be completed in time for preparation of the 2016 schedule,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in the release. “The objective of this review is to develop a scheduling format for the 2016 season and beyond, which will be in the best interests of the conference.”

There are 14 weekends in the 2014 season, giving each team 12 games and two off weeks. There is at least one conference game during all 14 weeks.

The league’s championship game will be played at the Georgia Dome for the 23rd consecutive year on Dec. 6, 2014.

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