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Game times set for Penn State, Duke matchups

The SEC just released game times and television assignments for early-season games including Alabama’s matchups with Penn State (Sept. 11) and Duke (Sept. 18).

The Crimson Tide will play the Nittany Lions at 6 p.m. on ESPN and the Blue Devils at 2:30 p.m. on ABC. (All times on the Bama Blog appear for the central time zone).

The complete listings:

Sept. 2, Southern Miss at South Carolina, ESPN, 6:30 p.m
Sept. 4, Miami (Ohio) at Florida, ESPN, 11 a.m.
Sept. 4, Kentucky at Louisville, ABC Sports, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 4, LSU vs. North Carolina, ABC Sports, 6 p.m. (at Atlanta, Ga. / Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game)
Sept. 9, Auburn at Mississippi State, ESPN, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11, Georgia at South Carolina,  ESPN or ESPN2, 11 a.m.
Sept. 11, Penn State at Alabama, ESPN, 6 p.m. 
Sept. 11, Oregon at Tennessee, ESPN2, 6 p.m.
Sept. 11, Ole Miss at Tulane, ESPN Classic or ESPN2, 8 p.m.
Sept. 18, Arkansas at Georgia,  ESPN or ESPN2, 11 a.m.
Sept. 18, Alabama at Duke, ABC Sports, 2:30 p.m. 
Sept. 18, Clemson at Auburn, ESPN, 6 p.m.
Sept. 18,  Florida at Tennessee, CBS Sports, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 2, SEC Doubleheader – TBA,  CBS Sports, 2:30/7 p.m
Oct. 30, Georgia vs. Florida , CBS Sports, 2:30 p.m. (at Jacksonville, Fla.)
Nov. 13, SEC Doubleheader – TBA, CBS Sports, 11 a.m./2:30 p.m.
Dec. 4,  SEC Championship Game, CBS Sports, 3 p.m. (at Atlanta, Ga.)

LSU game time set for …

… 2:30 p.m. CDT, as just announced by UA. The game will be the fourth of Alabama’s that landed on the prime CBS television slot.

Of course the Crimson Tide will stay away from the competition field this Saturday as the bye week landed on Halloween Saturday.

According to the Alabama release: Other SEC games to be televised on Saturday, November 7, include South Carolina at Arkansas (11:21 a.m. CDT on the SEC Network), Memphis at Tennessee (6 p.m. CDT on ESPNU), Vanderbilt at Florida (6:15 p.m. CDT on ESPN or ESPN2) and Northern Arizona at Mississippi (6:30 p.m. CDT on CSS).

On a side note, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen also got reprimanded by the SEC today for complaining about officiating.

Update on Ole Miss game time situation

This television deal with the SEC can make things confusing when trying to make travel plans. Here is the latest.

The networks have exemptions to hold off making a decision until the Monday before the game. They exercised that this week so four games remain in the pot for four time slots.

The games: Alabama at Ole Miss, Auburn at Arkansas, Georgia at Tennessee and Houston at Mississippi State.

The time slots/network: 2:30 p.m/CBS, 11 a.m./ESPN, 11:30 a.m./ESPNU, 11:21 a.m./SEC Network. (All times are central).

Games already set: Florida at LSU (7 p.m./CBS), Kentucky at South Carolina (11:30 a.m./FSN), Vanderbilt at Army (CBS College Sports/11 a.m.)

I wonder how much the Ole Miss loss at South Carolina affected the decision to wait for the networks. It seems like having two top-5 teams would be a lock for the 2:30 CBS game at least.

Either way, we’ll know something by next Monday at the latest.

Fox Sports joins SEC broadcasting deal

SEC sports will now be seen on Fox Sports as well as CBS and ESPN according a news release just received. Seven SEC football games will air on Fox SportsSouth although which games have not been announced.

Read this portion of the release for more details:

FOX Sports Net (FSN), the nation’s leader in local sports, today announced a new multi-year television rights agreement with ESPN that expands its long-time partnership with the Southeastern Conference (SEC). ESPN secured the rights of Southeastern Conference content in August 2008.

Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, FSN’s three regional sports networks serving the SEC territory – FOX Sports South, Sun Sports and FOX Sports Southwest – will be the outlets for a minimum of 91 SEC athletic events each year. Events will include:

· Seven live, exclusive football games

· 20 men’s basketball games

· 24 women’s basketball games (16 regular season, eight tournament)

· 16 baseball games (10 regular season, six tournament)

· 24 additional Olympic sporting events (softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics)

FSN will distribute these events to more than 24 million cable and satellite households across the SEC coverage area.