Times, TV set for four Georgia football games (UPDATED)

DESTIN, Fla. – Georgia officials had hoped for fewer night football games this year, and they appear to be getting their wish.

Starting times were announced Thursday for four Georgia games, and none will be under the lights:

  • The Bulldogs’ first two SEC games, Sept. 11 at South Carolina and Sept. 18 vs. Arkansas in Athens, will start at noon and be nationally televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
  • The Oct. 2 game at Colorado will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. MT) and be shown on Fox Sports Net, including Atlanta-based Fox Sports South.
  • And the Oct. 30 game against Florida in Jacksonville will start at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

Starting times for Georgia’s other eight games have not been set. Most won’t be determined until 12 days in advance, per the SEC’s television contracts.

Last season, six of Georgia’s 12 regular-season games were at night, including four of the six home games –- numbers that tilted a bit more heavily toward night than UGA prefers.

UGA President Michael Adams acknowledged at the SEC spring meetings here Thursday that Georgia’s preference is largely inconsequential because TV contracts give the networks power over game times. But he said “it looks like the luck of the draw” may create a day-night balance more to Georgia’s liking this year.

“The typical Georgia fan loves daytime, mid-afternoon football,” Adams said. “It allows a lot of people to get there and to get home. That’s a benefit. The coaches and players like the prime-time [night] exposure. So it’s like everything – there’s a tradeoff.”

The time hasn’t been set for the Bulldogs’ Sept. 4 opener against Louisiana-Lafayette in Athens.

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Other early-season SEC television games announced Thursday:

Sept. 2: Southern Miss at South Carolina, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 4: Miami (Ohio) at Florida, ESPN, 12 noon ET; Kentucky at Louisville, ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET; LSU vs. N.C. in Atlanta, ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Sept. 9: Auburn at Miss. State, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 11: Penn State at Alabama, ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET; Oregon at Tennessee, ESPN2, 7:00 p.m. ET; Ole Miss at Tulane, ESPN Classic or ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. ET

Sept. 18: Alabama at Duke, ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET; Clemson at Auburn, ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET; Florida at Tennessee, CBS, 3:30 p.m. ET

Also  today on ajc.com: Cost dropping to get new UGA football season tickets.

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Joe Cox throws a beautiful deep ball

June 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

Surprising that none of these games are at night. Wonder how many will be at night this year, after having so many under the lights last year?

Daniels Dawgs

June 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

Can’t wait!!!!!

Joe Tershinski III throws a beautiful duck

June 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

Noon games?! Probably in response to all the TailgateGate from last year. We usually come out pretty lame in these early-day games, so definitely something to watch out for. Can’t slip up…

Native Atlantan

June 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

The new ESPN contract is going to put a lot of these games at Noon for the SEC teams. That will be lousy for the teams on the West side with 1100AM kick offs.

Bubba

June 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

I don’t normally like noon games, but I like playing SC early. Don’t like night games in Columbia.

Worm

June 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Noon games suck!..Should be hotter than hades in Columbia,as usual.

HOUDAWG

June 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

Ah heck …… even earlier out here in Houston ( 11:00am ). Really thought both of these would be late aft / early eve. Oh well ……

Laughing at the Fleabag nation

June 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

Wow three games that start at noon… that’s big time football leghumpers. Bet start drinking at 6am on gameday.

Crumpy frisky in Italy

June 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

The reason UGAg isn’t on at night is because they SUCK…

You guys are such delusional losers.

Mikey in the SAV

June 3rd, 2010
12:00 pm

that just means we take care of business early and you non UGA fans can scoreboard watch

Wearing my 2010 Independence Bowl ring proudly

June 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

It’s a great day to be a Georgia Bulldawg!!!!

11Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Great. Two of the most important games of our season will be played at noon. How exciting.

1eyedJack

June 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Better than Thursday night.

UGA @ USC...NOON!?!?!

June 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

UGA and USC at noon is terrible for USC. First off, my complaint: how in the world, with so few SEC vs SEC games that week, did this game not get a primetime slot? Especially with the epic battle last year and the history of tight games between these two teams. It doesn’t matter how uneven the teams are, they ALWAYS play a tight game. And this takes away the home-field advantage for USC. The weather will be BLAZING hot and few will even come, and the ones that do come will have all the energy sucked out of them by the second quarter. Make this a night game and the crowd is crazy (see vs Ole Miss last year). This is just stupid.

justin

June 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

i’m sure the opening game will be at noon as well.

it’ll be 4 games in a row at noon. they are trying to take our fun away

read n black

June 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

“bet start drinking at 6am on gameday”…who the hell ever said that we quit drinking?…shouldn’t it be “better” nerd?

mgdawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Night games are supposed to be the better games, and as a fan I expect UGA to be better this year, but after struggling seriously last year they don’t deserve that many night games.

knoxdawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

It doesn’t matter what time of day these games are played. Both USC and ARK are key games for the Dawgs. You can’t afford to loose a game and play the season in a catch up mode for the SEC East title. The crowd will be loud and ready in Columbia despite the early starting time. My worry is more about our home crowd being ready at noon. I believe the team will be ready so lets just get behind them and give them the support they deserve.

11Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

I figured it out: ESPN hates us. They realized after last year that (Kentucky aside) we do too well at night. So they’re trying to sabotage us by making us play early games, in hopes they’ll end up like the Tennessee game last year.

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

June 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

Yes a noon game in Columbia will be hot as a match. Oh Loran please dont ask a silly question as to why the players are cramping up…………..

11Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Alabama plays Duke at 3:30 on the same day we play Arkansas at noon. Makes perfect sense: have the favorite to win the SEC play a perennial ACC basement dweller at a later time than a game that could potentially have some effect on the respective division races in the SEC.

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12:50 pm

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PULPWOOD

June 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Bissett’s at 8:00 a.m., if open.

ozzfest

June 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

WHAT???

WE PUSHED FOR FEWER NIGHT GAMES???

ARE YOU KIDDING???

I BET USC AND TEXAS NEVER REQUESTED “NOT TO BE IN PRIMETIME”.

JESUS.

puppydawg

June 3rd, 2010
1:06 pm

@ Laughing Gasbag – Other than SC & Arky, what is the other noon start? Sounds like you need to dry out. If you can’t get help at Charter, please get help somewhere.

HEY OZZFEST

June 3rd, 2010
1:09 pm

chill with the caps lock dude.

Ron Mexico

June 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

WTF I don’t even wake up until noon on Saturday’s even if there is a good game on TV at that time. Thanks for screwing up my one day to sleep late douches.

Crumpy frisky in Italia

June 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

Lane Kiffin's Bottom Bitch

June 3rd, 2010
2:06 pm

Noon games suck but I guess the old geezers need to get home before dark.

Reptillicide

June 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

Laughable that Miami Ohio at Florida will be on ESPN. Seriously? I know what happens – Brantley throws 3 TDs against a cupcake but is hailed as the best QB in the SEC anyway, and Florida gets a top 5 ranking.

SefDawg

June 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Maybe it’s just my deep hatred of all things Tech, but does it seem like a slight to y’all that they are celebrating their half of a championship, that they shared with Tech, on the day we play them? Am I just fishing for ‘fake juice” to help the boys get up for the game?

DawginJax

June 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Yeah, I don’t know why UGA wants LESS night games. Night games = more national exposure. Why would you choose NOT to be in primetime? When our games start, its 9:00 a.m. on the West Coast. Hell, I’ll have trouble getting up in time to watch the noon games, and I live in Jacksonville. Stupid…

frankly

June 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

My opinion of these noon games… YUCK! Whose bright idea is this?!?!?!

I suppose this is part of the ESPN deal which is a perfect example of why I HATE all this expansion talk for exclusively for $$$$… the end result will not necessarily be in the best interest of the schools, teams or fans.

Fair and Balanced

June 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

GA under Richt has done a poor job of scheduling. Why does almost every major power in the country have 7 home games and Ga can only get 6?

robodawg

June 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

1990 “consensus” champs? How do they claim that with just the AP poll?

how2fish

June 3rd, 2010
3:13 pm

Fair and Balanced on what planet does CMR make the schedule ?? That’s last time I looked is the AD’s function. I hate early season noon kickoffs its just too darn hot…but I guess someone will blame hot days in Sept in Georgia on CMR too..

JB

June 3rd, 2010
3:13 pm

wow………. Bama spreading their brand with Duke……

DawginLex

June 3rd, 2010
3:18 pm

SOS will be 0-1 in the SEC and will announce his retirement after losing to UGA for the 5th time in 6 meetings vs Richt around 3:45 eastern time on Sept 11, 2010.

He will pull Garcia out of the game and play the freshman the rest of the year.

11Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
3:40 pm

Fair and Balanced – the problem is the Florida and Tech games. In even-numbered years, we give up a home game because we play in Jax, and in even years we play Tech in Atlanta. With the 4 away SEC games, that means we are guaranteed to play at least 5 games outside Athens every year, which means if we have any non-conference away games except Tech, we only get 6 home games. We’ve had Arizona State, Oklahoma State, and now Colorado. In 2011 we don’t, so we’ll have 7 home games that year.

11Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Oops, I meant odd years for Tech.

What??

June 3rd, 2010
3:54 pm

UGA did not finish strong enough last year to get the “Prime Time” game slots. UGA got what they deserved. Early non prime time slots that mid level teams play.

Berzerk8dawg

June 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

Well Mabye if we get used to noon games that will Help us in Jacksonville. But yea We Have to get up for these games.

skeered

June 3rd, 2010
4:33 pm

UGA is small-time and does not belong in night games. Glad UGA officials have finally realized this.

Dawglasville

June 3rd, 2010
4:43 pm

Techies – you played at least two games last year on channel 45, whatever that is. The same channel that shows local high school football games. Maybe you should shut your proverbial hot dog holes.

Dawglasville

June 3rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Wasn’t the Gator Bowl played at noon when Tech was given a piece of the National Championship?

Dawglasville

June 3rd, 2010
4:48 pm

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DawginLex

June 3rd, 2010
4:48 pm

Techies consider Thursday night as prime time

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Dawglasville

June 3rd, 2010
5:02 pm

How many times has Georgia, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan, Tennessee, LSU, Notre Dame played on Thursday night?

Fresno State and Ole Miss plays a lot on Thursday.

Bill King is a..............

June 3rd, 2010
5:15 pm

I guess the next step is to move us to Thursday night. Or maybe on wednesday night. UGA on espn and Troy on espn2!!!!

Lane Kiffin's Bottom Bitch

June 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Blames Damon and Micheal for those non starts. That punk-a** Damon was just whining about more noon starts yesterday when the ADs met with ESPN. What a loser.