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Georgia game set for 11 AM kickoff


NCAA Football: Alabama-Birmingham at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After opening the season with three consecutive night games, in Week 4, Vanderbilt will resume its rightful place in the 11 AM time slot.

I had thought that this would be a night game, but ESPN had other plans, electing to air an Alabama beatdown of Southern Miss in primetime. Instead, Vanderbilt’s September 25 home game against Georgia will be an early kickoff on the SEC Network.

The other slight surprise: Texas A&M-Arkansas is the 2:30 PM CBS game. That one seems like it’s always an early kickoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but with the Aggies and Razorbacks both likely 3-0 and ranked in the Top 25 (assuming they take care of business this Saturday against, respectively, New Mexico and Georgia Southern) heading into this one, it’s pretty clearly the most attractive SEC game of Week 4. Tennessee-Florida moves to the evening as a result, along with Kentucky-South Carolina. Meanwhile, LSU-Mississippi State gets an early kickoff on ESPN. Missouri’s road game at Boston College will be at 11 AM on ESPN2, and Georgia State-Auburn is relegated to the 3 PM SEC Network slot.