At day 2 of the SEC Spring meetings in Destin, the conference and it’s number one broadcast partner, CBS, unveiled part of their upcoming television schedule for this fall. And, in doing so, revealed some interesting things, in particular, for the Gators conference games.
Firs,t CBS announced that defending conference champion and national runner-up, Alabama, will kick off their season on Saturday September 14th when they play at South Carolina
The best games from the SEC are back on CBS.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) May 29, 2019
The conference has not yet decided what games will be played when. And, some of it is also affected by ESPN’s ability, through their own deal with the SEC, to wait sometimes up until 6 days before games are played to determine what time they will be contested.
The conference did announce that Saturday September 21st they will have a daytime and prime time doubleheader. Most likely the Gators hosting Tennessee will be the afternoon game at 3:30 Eastern time from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. That’s because, Alabama hosts Southern Miss, and with other traditional powerhouses like LSU playing at Vanderbilt and Auburn playing at Texas A&M, they aren’t any more compelling then what Gators and Vols have been for the past 30 years. Florida and Tennessee played in prime time on ESPN (above) last season.
The prime time game for 9/21 will almost assuredly be Georgia playing host to Notre Dame at 8 p.m. in Athens. It is a rare opportunity for CBS to get the Fighting Irish in prime time, because it’s at an SEC opponents home stadium. Again it’s not a 100% certainty, and that’s the reason why CBS didn’t announce it Wednesday. ESPN could still end up televising Notre Dame vs. Georgia.
CBS did announce that the traditional Florida-Georgia game set for November 2nd at TIAA Bank field in Jacksonville will be their 3:30 “marquis game” that day. We wrote yesterday about Georgia coach Kirby Smart answering questions from the media about the possibility of the game moving from the neutral site in North Florida to either the campus site in Gainesville or in Athens an alternating years.
We still don’t buy that the game will ever move from Jacksonville, as it’s one of the most tradition-rich games in Southeastern Conference play and usually one or the both of the teams are a conference and even, National Title contender.
CBS also announced they will have a doubleheader November 16th with the first game at Noon eastern time followed by the traditional 3:30 slot
Florida is at Missouri that day and could qualify for the early window. LSU is at Ole Miss, Alabama is at Mississippi State in Georgia is at Auburn. One of those games will assuredly be the 3:30 game on CBS and it may be two of those three end up being the doubleheader.
The SEC Championship game will be played in Atlanta on Saturday December 7th and televised by CBS beginning at 4 p.m.
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