COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 01: Cameron Sutton #23 of the Tennessee Volunteers breaks up a pass to Damiere Byrd #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

How to watch the SEC on Thursday night

These are two big games to get the season going.

It's the first weekend of the college football season and that means we've finally got some pigskin action! It got started last week with California and Hawaii playing in Australia last week and we've had to wait almost another whole week before setting our eyes upon the greatness of meaningful football.

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With that said, there are a couple important SEC games tonight including an early season conference game between South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Tennessee starts its season early with a bout against upstart Appalachian State looking to pull off a Michigan-like upset. Here's all the information you need for the games and what to expect from each game tonight.

South Carolina at Vanderbilt: This could be one of the sloppier games of the weekend as South Carolina will be playing for the first time under new head coach Will Muschamp and Vanderbilt is finally climbing out of the basement of the SEC. The Commodores may very well send the Gamecocks there too if they can win this game. The offense should be improved under Vandy coach Derek Mason with Ralph Webb becoming an even better all-around player than he was last year when he set several Vanderbilt records as a sophomore.

INFO: Vanderbilt (-105) over South Carolina (-115) by 4.5 points -  8:00 p.m. on ESPN at Vanderbilt Stadium

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Appalachian State at Tennessee: While this is not a conference game for Tennessee it is an important one to start the season. Tennessee has been picked by several analysts to get upset by the Mountaineers and the Vols are definitely overlooking this team before Week 2's game against Virginia Tech in the Battle at Bristol. Tennessee should have a smothering defense with guys like Cam Sutton, Derek Barnett, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Jonathan Kongbo, Shy Tuttle and Kahlil McKenzie all on that side of the ball. Josh Dobbs promises to be an improved quarterback and Tennessee finally has developed some receivers to help him out downfield.

INFO: Tennessee (-115) over Appalachian State (-105) by 21.5 points - 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN