The Vanderbilt Commodores have announced the starting times for the first four games of the 2016 football season.
Early season kickoff times:— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) June 7, 2016
• 9/1 (Thurs) So Carolina 7 pm
• 9/10 MTSU 3 pm
• 9/17 at GA Tech 11:30 am
• 9/24 at WKU 2:30 pm
Just released: 3:00 pm CT kickoff for Commodores' Sept. 10 home game vs. MTSU. SEC Network ALT with TV.— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) June 7, 2016
So, naturally, the SEC chose to have a game involving Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State on the alternate network. Meanwhile, Ole Miss will be playing FCS Wofford at the same time on the SEC Network. At 2:30 CT on the same date, Western Kentucky visits Alabama on ESPN2, and Kentucky plays Florida on CBS.
Does it seem like the SEC offices really don't want people to see that game? Conspiracy alert! (Granted, if you're not a Vanderbilt fan, you probably don't want to see that game.)
The Georgia Tech game will be played at 11:30 AM on the ACC Network. I was not aware that there was an ACC Network, but if Wikipedia is correct then the game will be televised on WUXP in Nashville. And also probably streaming on ESPN3. Also, the school to the east plays Ohio at 11 AM on the same day, which will mark the second time in the 2016 season that they and Vanderbilt play in the same time slot, and that sound you just heard was Clay Travis's head exploding. (If only we could figure out a way to make the Titans also play at 11 AM on a Saturday...)
The Western Kentucky game will be played at 2:30 PM on September 24. Television coverage hasn't been announced yet, but since Conference USA's television contract covers this, you can probably assume it's going to be aired on a channel that is not part of your cable package.
The good news is that if Vanderbilt football sucks in 2016, you may not be able to watch the games even if you wanted to, so... hooray? The bad news, of course, is that we are all masochists here and we want to watch the football games, even if Karl Dorrell returns as offensive coordinator to ruin Kyle Shurmur before pulling him for Wade Freebeck, then Shawn Stankavage, then John Webb, all before finally burning Deuce Wallace's redshirt so that he can take a few garbage time snaps in the Tennessee game.