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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.


Anonymous said...

David - I would expect that the ULL game will most definitely be at 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Football coaches and their teams like to have set routines. With the next two games kicking off at noon, I would expect the coaching staff prefer to simulate the prep routines for those two games with ULL as the simulator.

brad said...

Well, Damon got a good start to his getting his wish. It will be hot as balls.

Dawg19 said...

I see Alabama is playing at Duke.

I will probably take a beating for this question, but I'm curious how often the defending football champion plays the defeding basketball champion in either sport. I imagine it's fairly often.

Richard said...

I just broke out into a sweat thinking about how hot it's going to be for the SC and Arky games. I had convinced myself that both of those would be night games.

Anonymous said...

All those noon starts suck. UGA is stuck in a history that is just not that glorious. Both Evans and Adams are unimagintaive and would not make a bold move if their children's life depedned on it. As long as they are both at UGA stinking up the place, the athletic program will continue it's downward spiral and well known coaches will continue to avoid coming to work in Athens like one would a five dollar hooker with herpes lesions around her mouth.

hannah said...

12 pm starts may be hot as crap, but at least it makes for a better family-oriented day at the stadium. I like a nice balance between night and early games.

Last year we had only 2 home games that weren't at night, this year we'll have (probably) only 2 home games that will be at night. I say next year do 3 night and 3 non-night and call it even (of course I know with tv schedules it's not that easy, but I wish it were).

MT said...

I was hoping Columbia would be a later game, but looking at the slate of games on Sept 11th, I can understand the scheduling issues with all the SEC non-conference games scheduled then.

Arkansas, though, is a little surprising. You'd think Duke/'Bama would be a noon start instead, especially with all the preseason buzz around the Razorbacks

Anonymous said...

Wow - all these folks are on here complaining about Damon and Adams as if they had control over the start times.

TV has decreed when these games will be played just like TV decreed all of the night games last year.

Who cares if it will be hot? Its football you p***heads! If you do not like day games then sell your tickets to someone who does. Otherwise do like the rest of did last year with all the night games - quit complaining, suck it up and go root for the Dawgs.

Anonymous said...

Day games in September are painful.

Anonymous said...

I am aiming my comments at Daman & Michael because they both have consistently whined about the late games (as well as the backwards UGA fans). I am sure that since no program worth being in the SEC loves those nooners as much as UGA, why not schedule them for as many of those as possble?

Anonymous said...

UGA fans have sure become wussies. When I was a student at UGA when Hershel played, all of our home games started at noon, and we managed just fine. Matter of fact, we won a NC without any night home games. Grow a pair, or donate more money to UGA so that they build a domed AC stadium so you don't sweat so much. Geez, what wussies!