The way it worked last year was the SEC Network had up to 3 game slots per Saturday, typically around the noon, 4pm, and 8pm hours. Usually, the SEC worked to only have one other game against the CBS game. Also, ESPN grabs games as they see fit, such as the South Carolina at Georgia game on September 19th.
As we saw last year, the biggest upside of the SEC Network is that the SECN has acquired the third tier rights for all football games. Any game not covered by either CBS or ESPN/SECN will likely be picked up by Fox Sports South (or their other regional sports networks).
|9/12/15||at Vandy||3:30 pm||CBS||Tickets|
|9/19/15||South Carolina||6 pm||ESPN||Tickets|
- CBS still has their doubleheader weekends. Those weekends are scheduled November 7th for the 3:30/8pm weekend and November 14th for the noon/3:30.
If the season goes how I think it will, we'll be playing the night game at Auburn. Oh. Joy. If the season doesn't go the way I think it will, then it could be at 3:30 on CBS, especial if the SEC West is on the line with Arkansas at LSU. Or LSU throws their sucker in the dirt about only having five night games this season.
- I'm an idiot. I originally had the doubleheader weekends backwards and didn't back edit times. I don't see us getting a fourth CBS game unless both Georgia and Auburn are undeafeted. Or LSU throws their sucker in the dirt about only having five night home games. Then we'll be the 3:30 game on CBS. No chance we'll end up getting in and out of Auburn at 11am local, is there?
- I am very uncertain on the Southern game's network, as the SECN did some co-broadcast last season. The conference has eight games in their inventory that weekend, with five conference games. UCF at South Carolina is the only 'big' non-conference game in the inventory, so I'd guess that is a late SECN game, unless ESPN picks it up. I am certain that Southern will kick off at noon.
- It is possible the Tennessee game is at 3:30 on CBS, but Arkansas is at Alabama that same week. Look for this to be a 6 day window week, with Alabama at Georgia/Arkansas at Tennessee the week before.
- November 21st, Cupcake Saturday, has nine games in the TV inventory. Fortunately, our game is against a Georgia Southern team that should be making late season noise in the Sun Belt, so I think we'll be pitted for a later afternoon game on the SECN.
So there are my predictions. Kickoff times during the season are announced 12 days ahead of time (usually Monday around noon Eastern), unless the TV partners go to a six day window, which they can do twice. The weekend of Oct 10th is likely to be at least one of those 6 day window weekends.