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SEC Releases TV Schedule For October 13th… Games Just Keep Getting Later And Later

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.



The early starts are terrible.  The late, late starts are pretty bad too unless you're home watching teams from the West coast.


Personally, I'm a little confused why all these games are so bunched up.  Primetime games are good and all, but you can only watch so many games at one time.  Combine that with some other decent primetime games around the country and it would seem ESPN is reducing their potential audience per game.  Spread them out a little.


I love the 5 and 8 pmct slots and would take it 100 out of 100 times. The 11 and 1121am ct are only good for teams other than yours.


Vandy has had 2 games on CBS in 20 years and Mizzou has that many in 1/2 a year.


I dunno.  I much prefer night games in August, September, and early October down here in Texas.  Its much better for everyone at the game to not have to deal with 100 degree heat for 4 hours.


Before noon starts are the worst, totally destroys the gameday atmosphere. At least with a 9pm start (which still sucks beyond measure), you KNOW its going to be a very, very long day and plan accordingly. You show up, get good parking, walk about, see the sights, go to a bunch of tailgate partie (have lunch AND dinner), go to the game, suck down coffee at half time and make sure your assistant drivers keep you awake on the ride home (or just do the hotel thing, and get home Sunday morning). Before noon, you are up early, get to parking, miss the tailgates (I mean, who tailgates for breakfast and then the game), you rush to the game, and you still have to drive in the dark to get home. 


Its not too bad in Gainesville, my ride home is only about 3 hours and most of it is on open freeway. But if I was flying in and out, that would suck. 


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