Gator Football Kickoff Times/TV Schedule Announced for 2011 Season

The SEC has released kickoff times for the Florida Gators football team in 2011.

The Gators open the season with a 7:00PM kickoff against Florida Atlantic on ESPNU.

The following week, the Gators again kick off at 7:00PM, against the UAB Blazers. That game will air on FSN/Sun Sports.

The third game of the regular season, against the Tennessee Volunteers, is slated to begin at 3:30PM on CBS.

After that, the Gators travel to play Kentucky, which is tentatively set for a 12:20PM kickoff on SEC Network.

Into October we go, when it starts to get really difficult for Florida. UF opens October against Alabama at home. CBS has to decide whether to air it at 3:30PM, or to use its 8:00PM primetime spot. Or they could give up the slot altogether (completely unrealistic, given that there’s no other good SEC game that day. Arkansas plays Texas A&M, but it’s technically a home game for A&M in Arlington. No way MSU-UGA or SC-Auburn kicks this game off).

Then the Gators travel to LSU, which is the same situation as the previous week. CBS could make it 3:30 or 8:00. I highly doubt UGA-TN, Auburn-Arkansas, SC-UK or Bama-Vandy looks any better than this one.

The week after, Florida travels to Auburn. This is one of the few games that’s completely up in the air. Right now, it’s between 6:00PM on ESPN2, or 8:00PM on ESPN, depending on how good these two teams are. Or it could wind up on CBS, since the next best game is LSU-Tennessee. This game easily has more power than that if both teams are at least 4-2 going in.

Two weeks later is the Cocktail Party. CBS will take that one at 3:30.

Then the Gators get Vandy, which is tentatively an SEC Network game at 12:20 but could be changed in a heartbeat.

Then comes the SC game. It’s a pretty safe bet that this game winds up on CBS as well, unless both Georgia and Auburn are really, really good. CBS instantly regretted not having last year’s game instead of Georgia-Auburn, and has said that they want this one back.

Furman is tentatively set for Sun Sports as well, with a 1:00PM kickoff time.

Both Florida and FSU would have to royally suck in order not to get the CBS slot at 3:30 on Saturday. CBS has aired every game of this rivalry in Gainesville since before I was born (March 7, 1994). Auburn-Alabama can wait, mind you. Let ABC get that. This one’s every bit as intense, plus the friendship storyline is too much.

And the SEC Championship game is set for a 4:00PM kickoff.

18 thoughts on “Gator Football Kickoff Times/TV Schedule Announced for 2011 Season

  1. Smart move to make the first two games a 7 o’clock start. Don’t want a lot of the fans to get heat stroke.

  2. I’m so glad they learned from last year’s mistake and moved those first two games to 7 pm. The USF game that had a 12 o’clock start last year was literally the hottest game I’ve attended. The sun was beaming 97-98 degree heat on us without any shade from pretty much start to midway through the 3rd qtr. It was so bad that they ran out of water at halftime. I even felt like I was going to pass out at some points in that game.

  3. Oh and by the way… Addazio was the one who pushed for early starts. He said the Gators were better equipped to deal with the heat than the opponents

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