For the past two decades, the “SEC on CBS” has been a staple of the college football season for not just Southeastern Conference fans, but college football fans everywhere. Each week, football junkies tune in to some of the most entertaining competition Saturdays have to offer during CBS’ big game. Do we need to remind you of the Iron Bowl last year?
Wednesday, the network released its tentative schedule of televised games for this upcoming season. And yes, the Missouri Tigers are on it.
Tiger fans will want to mark their calendar for November 28th– for more than a couple of reasons.
Despite it being the newest member to the conference, it will be the third straight season Mizzou has appeared on CBS, an accolade that should be considered a sign of arrival (after all, Arkansas, Kentucky and even Ole Miss weren’t featured on the SEC on CBS in the last two seasons).
The Tigers will be showcased for a post-Thanksgiving Friday game when they host Arkansas for their new cross-division rivalry which adds more interesting story lines to the mix for Mizzou.
The Razorbacks appear on the SEC tilt for the first time for MU, but it won’t be the last. As a part of the recently reworked long-term schedule, the two will be seeing a lot of each other.
As it has been in the past, every team in the conference has a cross-divisional opponent that it plays every year while only playing other out-of-division foes intermittently. Missouri had Texas A&M as its West division opponent its first two seasons, but it will now play Arkansas every season in the foreseeable future.
This brings about the possibility of developing a new border-state rivalry with Missouri’s neighbors to the South, a worthy– albeit not as totally satisfying– replacement for Kansas, which fought Missouri in the “Border War” for over a century before Mizzou left the Big 12 Conference.
This gives me, and Tiger fans everywhere, high hopes that they can start a bitter rivalry in the SEC.
One can argue that blood has started to boil with Arkansas already on the basketball court, thanks to former MU head coach Mike Anderson bolting for Arkansas three seasons ago.
Adding more intrigue to the November 28th duel, the Tigers will be playing their final home game of the season on Senior Day, which will serve as the “Blackout” game at Memorial Stadium.
All in all, it’s a quality opportunity for the Tigers football program to represent Mizzou on a national stage on a weekend that is big time in college football.
One can only hope the Tigers are in a similar spot as they were in 2013’s regular season finale against Texas A&M, playing for an East division title and a chance to go to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game again.
Georgia and South Carolina will kick off the SEC on CBS in an early divisional battle at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 13. Florida-Georgia will also be featured in 2014.
The complete CBS broadcast slate hasn’t been filled in, and there are more opportunities for the Tigers to be on the network as the season progresses.
I, for one, hope to hear legendary announcer Verne Lundquist yell his signature “WOW!” after Maty Mauk hits Marcus Murphy in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown at some point this season.