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CBS announces some schedule of SEC broadcasts

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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 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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Gators announced home and home series with Cal Friday

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The Florida Gators continued their philosophy of striking “home-and-home” deals with Power 5 opposition, when they announced on Friday that they will be doing so with the Cal-Berkley Bears out of the Pac-12 coming later in this decade.

The Gators made the announcement through their website and social media mid-day Friday that they will play Cal at home first and then travel to Berkeley the following year:

A.D. Scott Stricklin has broken up the long tradition that Florida would only play two home out of conference games in September and usually, against much lesser competition before entering SEC play. Stricklin has been very outspoken that in the age of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule is emphasized and the selection committee holds schools responsible for not playing top-notch out of conference opponents, at least some of the time.

With that in mind, the Gators opened the 2019 season in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes and won a sloppy game. And, they already have other Power 5 schools laid out to play home and away.

As we previously wrote, Florida will be playing the Texas Longhorns first in Gainesville in 2030 and then. return the game the following year in Austin.

Florida had previously announced last year that they will also play the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12, again with the first game in Gainesville in 2028 and then, returning it to Boulder the following season.

It’s interesting with Friday’s announcement that Stricklin and the football program are working backwards with the schedule. And, they will now play Cal before Colorado in September of 2026, and then will be opening on the Berkeley campus the following season.

Florida and Cal have only met two times, having played first in Gainesville in 1974 as the Gators wo 21 – 17 and then, they also met in Tampa to open the 1980 season with a Florida 41-13 blowout victory.

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Second National Signing Day recap for top state schools

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National Signing Day 2020 has come and gone, and several in state schools were able to improve their classes heading into spring ball. The University of Florida watched rival Georgia secure the number one overall class, but the Gators were still able to land the best class in the state with the number eight class overall.

The Gators officially signed former five-star receiver Justin Shorter from Penn State, and Florida stayed in the family today as well, Xzavier Henderson officially joined the Gators. He’s the ounger brother of  former DB C.J. Henderson.

Dan Mullen also able to dip into the state of Texas inking four-star DE Princely Umanmielen. It wasn’t all great news for the Gators, as they missed out on a few key guys, including losing out on arguably top state safety Avantae Williams to in state rival Miami. Overall it was a good cycle for the Gators both recruiting and in the transfer portal.

The Miami Hurricanes continued an impressive offseason on National Signing Day. The Canes made arguably the biggest move in the state by landing Williams and keeping him Florida. Williams became the highest rated Hurricane in the class and propelled the U to the number 13 spot.

Miami has the second-best class in the ACC behind Clemson. With an impressive offseason in the books, once again excitement will be in the air in Coral Gables. The question is: will they live up to it in year two for Manny Diaz?

Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell have been working hard to get this class rolling last minute. After a good early National Signing Day Norvell looked to keep the momentum going. The Noles took a big hit Wednesday though, with the loss of Venice four star WR, Malachi Wideman, who flipped to Tennessee.

The Noles came back from that by landing a handful of other recruits. They got the number six Juco running back La’Damian Webb, ass well as, Robert Scott, an offensive lineman and Corey Wren, an athlete/running back.

Replacing Cam Akers will be tough for Norvell and building the offensive line is a top priority. The former Memphis coach came in late like he did, yet he finishes with a decent class sitting at 22 on 24/7.

Now the work begins turning around the former powerhouse.

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