Game times and networks have been determined for the first three weekends of the 2016 Mississippi State football schedule, the Southeastern Conference and ESPN unveiled Tuesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs host South Alabama in the season-opener on Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. CT on SEC Network. MSU then welcomes South Carolina to Davis Wade Stadium for the SEC opener at 6 p.m. CT on Sept. 10 in a contest that will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. The Bulldogs’ road tilt at LSU on Sept. 17 is slated for 6 p.m. CT on either ESPN or ESPN2.

All three contests will be available on WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app via mobile devices.

MSU, coming off the winningest two-year stretch in program history, returns 43 letterwinners from a squad that went 9-4 and won the Belk Bowl a season ago. Eighth-year head coach Dan Mullen has guided the Bulldogs to a school-record six straight bowl games, and he owns the highest winning percentage at State since 1948 (.611). Since the start of the 2014 season, MSU owns the SEC’s third-best record at 19-7.

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The SEC television schedule for the first three weekends is below:

Thursday, Sept. 1
6:30 p.m., Appalachian State at Tennessee, SEC Network
7 p.m., South Carolina at Vanderbilt, ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 3
11 a.m., South Alabama at Mississippi State, SEC Network
2:30 p.m., LSU vs. Wisconsin (Green Bay), ABC
3 p.m., Louisiana Tech at Arkansas, SEC Network
4:30 p.m., North Carolina vs. Georgia (Atlanta), ESPN
6:30 p.m., Southern Miss at Kentucky, ESPNU
6:30 p.m., UMass at Florida, SEC Network
7 p.m., USC vs. Alabama (Arlington), ABC
8 p.m., Clemson at Auburn, ESPN

Monday, Sept. 5
7 p.m., Ole Miss vs. Florida State (Orlando), ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 10
11 a.m., Nicholls State at Georgia, SEC Network
11 a.m., Prairie View A&M at Texas A&M, SEC Network Alternate
2:30 p.m., Western Kentucky at Alabama, ESPN2
3 p.m., Wofford at Ole Miss, SEC Network
3 p.m., Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SEC Network Alternate
6 p.m., South Carolina at Mississippi State, ESPN or ESPN2
6:30 p.m., Jacksonville State at LSU, ESPNU
6:30 p.m., Arkansas State at Auburn, SEC Network
6:30 p.m., Eastern Michigan at Missouri, SEC Network Alternate
7 p.m., Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech, ABC

Saturday, Sept. 17
11 a.m., Ohio at Tennessee, SEC Network
3 p.m., East Carolina at South Carolina, SEC Network
3 p.m., New Mexico State at Kentucky, SEC Network Alternate
6 p.m., Mississippi State at LSU, ESPN or ESPN2
6 p.m., Texas A&M at Auburn, ESPN or ESPN2
6:30 p.m., North Texas at Florida, ESPNU
6:30 p.m., Georgia at Missouri, SEC Network
6:30 p.m., Texas State at Arkansas, SEC Network Alternate

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