Sunday, August 29, 2010

Georgia Kickoff Times

Last year, we saw plenty of night games in Athens and the resultant non-sense as it relates to fan's treatment of campus AND Das Kamisar's response to what was left behind.  This year, expect more noon kickoffs, which were created specifically for certain SEC Presidents and their fear of all things fun, and fewer evening kickoffs, both in Athens and abroad.

Here are my projections for TV and kickoff times for Eastern Time ("Confirmed?" notes time, I put my predictions for the network in italics, if that is not confirmed).

Date Opponent TV Network Time Confirmed? Tickets
9/4 Louisiana-LaFayette SEC Net 12:20 Yes Tickets
9/11 @ S. Carolina ESPN/ESPN2 Noon Yes Tickets
9/18 Arkansas ESPN/ESPN2 Noon Yes Tickets
9/25 @ Miss State ESPNU/Gameplan 7:00 No Tickets
10/2 @ Colorado Fox Sports Net 7:00 Yes Tickets
10/9 Tennessee ESPN/ESPN2 7:45 No Tickets
10/16 Vanderbilt SEC Net 12:20 No Tickets
10/23 @ Kentucky ESPN2/ESPNU
10/30 vs. Florida (Jax) CBS 3:30 Yes Tickets
11/6 Idaho St Gameplan/PPV 1:00 No Tickets
11/13 @ Auburn CBS 3:30 No Tickets
11/20 OPEN

11/27 Georgia Tech ESPN 7:45 No Tickets

Just a couple of thoughts.  On Sept 11th, there really aren't that many scheduled noon games that would trump the SEC home opener scheduled at noon.  Georgia Tech travels to Kansas at noon, but that is about it.  On Sept 18th, Georgia Tech @ North Carolina and Maryland @ West Virginia are both at noon, plus there are a ton of other games up in the air, which is why I went with ESPN2 as the more likely TV outlet for Arky.  The game times for the first three games are locked. Georgia at Kentucky could just as well be an SEC Net game, but looking at the schedule, I think that offers a bit better game for ESPN's mainline networks than other games that week.

CBS has already said their double header weeks will be Oct 2nd and November 13th.  You can write down the Oct 2nd game between Alabama and Florida at Bryant-Denny as the Prime Time game of the Epoch Century Decade Week at 8pm on Oct 2nd.  That means the November 13th game could be a noon kickoff for the Dawgs.  I just think Georgia vs. Auburn will offer a bit more compelling match-up than the other games on the SEC slate that day (South Carolina at Florida is the other game that CBS will probably pick up, so it could change), but I think CBS should be in Auburn at 3:30. 

As for Georgia Tech, ABC has already committed to Oklahoma at Oklahoma State for that day and the CBS game should be LSU and Arkansas, but anything can happen if someone falls apart.  Just looking at it, that feels like a night game in Athens to me.

Did I miss something?

See Also:
-SEC Master Schedule
-David Paschal's CBS Schedule Predictions from May
-A few lower level season tickets for sale (Awesome Seats)

1 comment:

  1. Don't you mean CBS should be in Auburn at 3:30?