Trying to Predict the 2019 Georgia Football Kickoff Times and Networks
By: Tony Waller | @tylerdawgden
This is my best guess for kickoff times this season.
Times and networks in bold are confirmed.
Notes and thoughts:
CBS has announced two doubleheader weekends:
Sept 21 – 3:30pm/8:00pm
Nov 16 – noon/3:30pm
Note that for the first time in several years, the LSU vs Alabama isn’t on a doubleheader weekend.
There isn’t a world we live in that makes me think Notre Dame is kicking off anytime other than 8:00pm. Tennessee at Florida is likely to be the 3:30pm game that weekend.
Predicting Tennesse and South Carolina required a lot thought. UT has the potential to be a night ESPN game, but there are some other national matchups that make me think the game will be at noon. The South Carolina placement was more about what I think their record will be.
The Auburn game could be at noon on CBS or ESPN, but based on where I think teams will be in November, I think CBS takes that game over South Carolina vs Texas A&M.
I hear the ‘McGarity wants noon games’ noise, but great teams don’t play at noon when the folks stroking checks say they don’t play at noon.
The ACC has control over the Georgia Tech game. The good news is the other ACC vs SEC matchups on 11/30 (Clemson-South Carolina, UK-Louisville, FSU-Florida) are all at SEC stadiums, meaning there are fewer potential marquee teams/matchups in their inventory. The better news is the ACC Network opens up more decent kickoff windows than having to count on ESPN/regional sports nets to find a place to stash a game. The bad news is Tech is likely going to be A Very Bad Football Team®, so unless the networks go for some morbid seal clubbing style rating grab, I’m sticking with noon for now.
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