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Thursday, June 3, 2010

TV Times Announced for 3 UGA Games

The TV times for three of Georgia's games are now official:

Georgia @ South Carolina on Sept. 11 will be a noon kickoff on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Arkansas @ Georgia on Sept. 18 is another noon kickoff, also on one of the ESPN networks.

And, obviously, the Georgia-Florida game will be the CBS 3:30 game on Oct. 30.

The Big 12 also announced that the Georgia-Colorado game set for Oct. 2 will be a 4:30 (ET) kickoff.

As I wrote yesterday, I spoke to Damon Evans about the number of late kickoffs Georgia had a year ago -- three of the six home games were 7 p.m. or later, and 5 of the 12 regular season games were at night -- and he had said his hope was to have more noon and 3:30 kickoffs.

"All games are televised and there are only so many windows during the day, so of course we’re going to have some evening and night games," Evans said. "But at the same time I’d like to see a little bit of balance to where we can get some early noon games and some 3:30 games because we have different fans who like different things and there’s less pressure on the campus when it’s an early game.”

Here's the full slate of the SEC on TV for the early going that was announced today:

Sept. 2: Southern Miss at South Carolina, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 4: Miami (Ohio) at Florida, ESPN, 12 noon ET; Kentucky at Louisville, ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET; LSU vs. N.C. in Atlanta, ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET
Sept. 9: Auburn at Miss. State, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept.11: Penn State at Alabama, ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET; Oregon at Tennessee, ESPN2, 7:00 p.m. ET; Ole Miss at Tulane, ESPN Classic or ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. ET
Sept. 18: Alabama at Duke, ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET; Clemson at Auburn, ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET; Florida at Tennessee, CBS, 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 2: SEC Doubleheader, TBA, CBS, 3:30 and 8:00 p.m. ET
Nov. 13: SEC Doubleheader, TBA, CBS, 12:00 noon and 3:30 p.m. ET
Dec. 4: SEC Championship Game, Atlanta, CBS, 4:00 p.m. ET

Looking ahead on the schedule, you'd imagine ULL and Idaho State will be noon kickoffs, too. That leaves Vandy, Tennessee and Georgia Tech as possible night kickoffs in Athens. I'm doubtful that Vandy would be a ratings bonanza for ESPN in prime time (and Alabama-Ole Miss, Arkansas-Auburn, and Florida-Mississippi State would probably all trump the UGA-Vandy matchup that week). Even still, I wouldn't expect both Vandy and Tennessee to be night kickoffs, so odds are there will be a max of two night games at Sanford this season.

The full SEC schedule grid can be found here if you want to make your own projections.


Dawgaholic said...

2:30 Colorado time for that game. FSN is televising.

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Scott said...

Noon games are terrible. What happened to the 1PM kickoff. That extra hour is needed for travel, eating, and getting the kids to the bathroom.

MauiDawg said...

I hate waking up at 6am to watch the Dawgs play those dang noon games. (and so do all the other UGA fans in Hawaii)

David Hale said...

Props to you MauiDawg. It takes some cojones to try to get people to feel sorry for you that you're stuck in Hawaii!

(Actually, I remember when I lived in California how much it sucked trying to make it to the bar at 10 a.m. for Eagles games, so I empathize.)

meansonny said...

Wow. I thought the biggest problem with Hawaii was that you couldn't pack the kids in the car and drive to Panama City Beach on a whim, weekend getaway.

That stinks, too Maui.

AwesomeDawg said...

Guess that an 8-5 season = truck load of noon starts. Yet another reason to hacked off with the 09 Dawgs!

BCSAV said...

The weather for those noon kicks will be absolutely miserable. People will be dropping like flies on and off the field. Georgia Tech will be 3:30 since Auburn-Bama has moved to Friday. Going to be a down year for tailgating in Athens.

MauiDawg said...

It ain't easy being a Georgia fan in Hawaii. Wake up at 5:30am, 6am kickoffs, having to crack the first beer with other GA fans by 6 am, and staying clear of the huge Hawaiian guys who remember the Sugar Bowl. They still wear their Sugar Bowl shirts and hats around (and sell 'em in the supermarkets too!). Sorta like how GA fans still wear 1980 NC and Hershel memorabilia!