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Tide fans will be spared of the ramblings of Gary for the first three weeks.

NCAA Football: SEC Championship-Alabama vs Florida
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It is still off-season. ‘Tis the season for crazy predictions. But these may not be so wacky and might actually be helpful for you to plan out your fall.

Last week, CBS released their broadcast windows for college football this fall and the schedule for the first three weeks. With the second choice of SEC games, ESPN followed suit soon after. If you are not a fan of the EYE network, you are in luck since Alabama games will not air on that network the first three weeks.

Uncle Verne has moved on but Gary Danielson is back. Fortunately, Brad Nessler will be there to call the game as Gary prattles on about what happened in a game ten years ago.

Since CBS has laid the groundwork, it seems like one could take a stab at what their full SEC schedule might look like.

Below are the schedules for CBS and ESPN so far. Three weeks from late October into November are double-headers for CBS and are marked as so. All other weeks are single game airings. The asterisks (*) represent games that are already locked in by a network. (All times are CT)

LOCKED IN

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2:30pm: West Virginia vs. Tennessee, CBS *
+ Alabama plays Louisville on ABC, 7pm. *

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2:30pm: Georgia at South Carolina, CBS *
+ Alabama hosts Arkansas State, ESPN2 2:30pm. *

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2:30pm: LSU at Auburn, CBS *
+ Alabama visits Ole Miss, ESPN 6pm. *

PREDICTIONS

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2:30pm: SEC Game of the Week
CBS Prediction: By this point, CBS will be having serious Crimson Tide rating withdrawals and will certainly pounce on Alabama hosting Texas A&M. Other options could be Florida at Tennessee or Arkansas at Auburn, but those choices are not as appealing.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2:30pm: SEC Game of the Week
CBS Prediction: Florida at Mississippi State, Dan Mullen’s big return to StarkVegas will be covered ad nauseam.
+ Alabama hosts La-Laf, Prediction: SECNetwork, night game.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2:30pm: SEC Game of the Week
CBS Prediction: The LSU at Florida “rivalry” has picked up some heat in recent seasons.
+ Alabama at Arky will probably be an ESPN or ESPN2 night game.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2:30pm: SEC Game of the Week
CBS Prediction: LSU makes a rare trip to Georgia.
+ Alabama hosts Mizzou will probably be an ESPN night game, unless the Tigers do something crazy like beat UGA and SC and come into T-town at 5-0.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2:30pm: SEC Game of the Week
CBS Prediction: Third Saturday in October Alabama at Tennessee finally has a new interesting storyline with Nick Saban facing former pupil Jeremy Pruitt. Grasshopper is still too slow to grab the pebble from his master’s hand.

DOUBLEHEADER Saturday, Oct. 27
Game 1: 2:30pm Florida vs. Georgia * Locked In
Game 2: 7pm Notre Dame vs. Navy * Locked In
+ Alabama has a bye week.

DOUBLEHEADER Saturday, Nov. 3
CBS Prediction Game 1: 2:30pm - Texas A&M at Auburn
CBS Prediction Game 2: 7pm - Alabama at LSU

DOUBLEHEADER, Saturday, Nov. 10
CBS Prediction Game 1: 11am - Mississippi State at Alabama
CBS Prediction Game 2: 2:30pm - Auburn at Georgia

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:30pm: SEC Game of the Week
CBS Prediction: Come November, records will make a big difference. Arky at Miss State or Tennessee at Mizzou will be the best SEC games on Cupcake Saturday.
+ Alabama hosting Citadel looks like an 11am SECNetwork game.

Friday, Nov. 23, 2:30pm - CBS gets to move one SEC game up a day but I don’t think they can move one of the SEC-ACC games. They wouldn’t dare move the Iron Bowl, so that leaves LSU at Texas A&M as a favorite to move over the Egg Bowl.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2:30pm: SEC Game of the Week - Iron Bowl: Auburn at Alabama.

Poll

What CT game time do you prefer?

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  • 4%
    Noonish.
    (34 votes)
  • 46%
    Between 2pm and 3pm.
    (322 votes)
  • 42%
    Between 6pm and 7pm.
    (295 votes)
  • 6%
    Later than 7pm.
    (43 votes)
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