GAINESVILLE -- It's going to be crazy in Gainesville for the second Saturday of the season. The SEC released its tentative television schedule on Tuesday and Florida hosts Miami at 8 p.m. on Sept. 6. ESPN will carry the rivalry game.
(I hope everyone realizes what this means. If you're driving up for the game and you plan on getting a hotel, then you better go ahead and book your room now. The Swamp is going to be absolutely rocking by the time kickoff rolls around and no one is going to want to drive back down Florida's Turnpike after that.)
FLORIDA SEASON OPENER
Bring your sunscreen to the season opener. Florida begins the season against Hawaii with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on Aug. 30.
ABC and ESPN and ESPN2 apparently passed on Florida-Hawaii, leaving Raycom with the first-week leftovers. (And I thought Hawaii-Florida was a pretty intriguing game. Shows what I know.)
I understand the reasoning for ABC and ESPN passing over Florida-Hawaii. ABC is airing Alabama-Clemson (8 p.m.) in Atlanta. (No shocker there.) ESPN is hoping Appalachian State can repeat last season magic and upset another national power. This time it would be LSU in Death Valley at 6:45 p.m. App State took down Michigan last season but only one or two people watched the game on live television (Big Ten Network).
But you know Florida gets absolutely no respect from national television execs when ESPN2 opts for Mississippi State vs. Louisiana Tech over Florida-Hawaii. What a joke, right? Florida STILL has a kid named Tim Tebow. Did somebody at ESPN forget that shortly after airing the Heisman Trophy ceremony?
ANYWAY, guess ESPN didn't want to double book Florida two weekends in a row. Here's the rest of the tentative SEC television schedule.
Date Time Network Game
(Thu.) Aug. 28 7 p.m ESPNU Vanderbilt at Miami (Ohio)
(Thu.) Aug. 28 8 p.m. ESPN N.C. State at South Carolina
(Sat.) Aug. 30 12:30 p.m. Raycom Hawaii at Florida
(Sat.) Aug. 30 5 p.m. ESPN Appalachian State at LSU
(Sat.) Aug. 30 6:45 p.m. ESPN2 Miss. State at La. Tech
(Sat.) Aug. 30 8 p.m. ABC Alabama vs. Clemson (Atlanta)
(Sun.) Aug. 31 3:30 p.m. ESPN Kentucky at Louisville
(Mon.) Sept. 1 8 p.m. ESPN Tennessee at UCLA
(Thu.) Sept. 4 8:30 p.m. ESPN South Carolina at Vanderbilt
(Sat.) Sept. 6 12:30 p.m. Raycom Southern Mississippi at Auburn
(Sat.) Sept. 6 3:30 p.m. ABC Ole Miss at Wake Forest
(Sat.) Sept. 6 8 p.m. ESPN Miami at Florida
(Sat.) Sept. 13 12:30 p.m. Raycom UAB at Tennessee
(Sat.) Sept. 13 3:30 p.m. CBS Georgia at South Carolina
(Sat.) Sept. 13 3:30 p.m. ABC Arkansas at Texas
(Sat.) Sept. 13 7 p.m. ESPN2 Auburn at Mississippi State
(Sat.) Sept. 20 8:13 p.m. ABC Georgia at Arizona State
(Thu.) Oct. 23 7:30 p.m. ESPN Auburn at West Virginia
(Fri.) Nov. 28 12:30 p.m. Raycom Mississippi State at Ole Miss
(Fri.) Nov. 28 2:30 p.m. CBS LSU at Arkansas (Little Rock)
(Sat.) Dec. 6 4 p.m. CBS SEC Championship Game (Atlanta, Ga.)
All Times Eastern
Tentative and Subject to Change
Additional games to be added as become available