The networks have made their choices and the SEC television schedule is now set for Saturday, October 13th. Here’s when and where your favorite team can be found a week from this Saturday:
Auburn at Ole Miss — 12:21pm ET on SEC Network
Alabama at Missouri — 3:30pm ET on CBS
Florida at Vanderbilt — 6:00pm ET on ESPNU
Kentucky at Arkansas — 7:00pm ET on FSN
South Carolina at LSU — 8:00pm ET on ESPN
Tennessee at Mississippi State — 9:00pm ET on ESPN2
Texas A&M vs Louisiana Tech at Shreveport — 9:15pm ET on ESPNU
Like everybody else, I’m a fan of having every SEC football game on television every week. And the schools sure like the money the networks fork over for the broadcast rights. But the death of the Saturday day game is a pretty big drawback in my view.
When five out of seven SEC games kickoff after 6:00pm ET and two of them don’t start until after 9:00pm ET, well, that’s just too much of a push to get games into primetime slots.
Personally, I don’t know which is worse — the 11:21pm CT start that comes from being on the SEC Network or a post-9pm ET start on one of ESPN’s alternate channels. I remember a day when fans could drive in, tailgate, enjoy a game, and still get home by midnight. Thanks to television and the almighty dollar, those days are dying off pretty quickly.