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ESPN wants USC vs. Tennessee

A couple of odds and ends …

Prepare for a prime-time, nationally televised game when Tennessee comes to town. I was told that ESPN, which gets first dibs on three games a year in the SEC’s current TV deal, included the Tennessee-USC game on Nov. 1 among its three preseason picks.

That means the network has right of first refusal on the game, and could decide to pass on it. But that’s probably unlikely.

No word on the TV and kickoff times for the Ole Miss game, yet. USC should hear something Monday.