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Selected college football game times announced, including UGA & Ga. Tech

Start times for some upcoming Georgia and Georgia Tech games have been announced.

ATLANTA — On Tuesday, the South Eastern Conference announced start times for a selected number of its games with its television partners CBS and ESPN for the upcoming football season.

In addition, Georgia Tech announced kick-off times for their first two football games for the 2020 season.

Times have been announced for two of the University of Georgia's games -- when the Bulldogs visit the Alabama Crimson Tide on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., and the annual Florida vs. Georgia game in Jacksonville on Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, the SEC Championship Game, which will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be aired on CBS on Dec. 19. The time has not been announced yet. 

As part of its decision to delay the 2020 football season in July, the SEC says they have determined that they would play an all-conference schedule beginning Sept. 26.

Officials say the 14 member schools of the conference are continuing to monitor conditions on their campuses and across the nation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coupled with the SEC announcement, Georgia Tech announced times for their first two games -- Sept. 12 at Florida State and Sept. 19, as the Yellow Jackets host Central Florida. Both games will kick-off at 3:30 pm.

The Florida State game will be nationally televised on ABC, while the UCF game will be aired on ESPN.

In a manner similar to the SEC, Georgia Tech and other ACC schools will play a limited schedule, beginning on Sept. 12.

CBS has been the SEC's primary national broadcast television partner since 1996.

The conference said the network has selected games for the first two weeks of the season and for four other weekends during the season.

The Florida-Georgia game and the SEC Championship Game are ordinarily aired each season on CBS as part of its SEC on CBS broadcast package. 

The games and times that have been announced so far as part of the SEC on CBS national broadcast package include (all times listed are Eastern Time):

  • Sept. 26 - Mississippi State at LSU - 3:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 3 - Texas A&M at Alabama - 3:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 17 - Georgia at Alabama - 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 - LSU at Auburn - 3:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 7 - Florida vs Georgia (in Jacksonville) - 3:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 14 - Alabama at LSU - 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 - SEC Football Championship Game (in Atlanta) - time TBD

Conference officials said that the games selected for the first two weeks of the season for the ESPN Networks include: 

Saturday, Sept. 26

  • Florida at Ole Miss, Noon on ESPN
  • Kentucky at Auburn, Noon on SEC Network
  • Georgia at Arkansas, 4 pm on SEC Network
  • Alabama at Missouri, 7 pm on ESPN
  • Tennessee at South Carolina, 7:30 pm on SEC Network
  • Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 7:30 pm on SEC Network Alternate

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • South Carolina at Florida, Noon on ESPN
  • Missouri at Tennessee, Noon on SEC Network
  • Ole Miss at Kentucky, 4 pm on SEC Network
  • Auburn at Georgia, 7:30 pm on ESPN
  • LSU at Vanderbilt, 7:30 pm on SEC Network
  • Arkansas at Mississippi State, 7:30 pm on SEC Network Alternate

Selected additional games for the ESPN networks, according to the conference, were listed as follows: 

Saturday, Oct. 17

  • LSU at Florida, 3:30 pm on ESPN or ESPN2
  • Vanderbilt at Missouri, 7:30 pm on SEC Network

The following games will be televised at either Noon or 3:30 pm or 4 pm on the SEC Network, SEC Network Alternate, or another ESPN platform:

  • Ole Miss at Arkansas 
  • Texas A&M at Mississippi State
  • Auburn at South Carolina
  • Kentucky at Tennessee

Saturday, Oct. 31

  • Kentucky at Missouri, Noon on SEC Network
  • Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 4 pm on SEC Network
  • Mississippi State at Alabama, 7 pm on ESPN
  • Arkansas at Texas A&M, 7:30 pm on SEC Network

Saturday, Nov. 7

  • Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 4 pm on SEC Network
  • Texas A&M at South Carolina, 7:30 pm on ESPN or SEC Network
  • Tennessee at Arkansas, 7:30 pm on ESPN or SEC Network

additional games to be aired on CBS, along with games to be aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the SEC Network will be announced soon.

The SEC's revised schedule will include one mid-season open date for each school and an open date on December 12 for all schools.