CBS Sports announced Wednesday that it will open its 18th consecutive season of televising Southeastern Conference football with Alabama's trip to Texas A&M on Sept. 14.
The Aggies handed the Crimson Tide the lone loss in their 2012 national championship season, with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel becoming the Heisman Trophy favorite after throwing for 253 yards and rushing for 92 during the 29-24 upset in Tuscaloosa. It is the league's most anticipated game this season, but CBS did not choose the matchup as its primetime telecast.
Alabama and Texas A&M will kick off at 3:30 p.m., but the Tide's game against visiting LSU on Nov. 9 is the most likely candidate for the network's one scheduled night telecast. CBS has set Nov. 9 as its day-night doubleheader, and Alabama-LSU will enter the season with more appeal than Florida-Vanderbilt, Kentucky-Missouri, Auburn-Tennessee, Arkansas-Ole Miss and Texas A&M-Mississippi State.
CBS will have its noon-3:30 doubleheader on Oct. 19, a date that contains Florida-Missouri, Georgia-Vanderbilt, Tennessee-South Carolina, Alabama-Arkansas, Auburn-Texas A&M and LSU-Ole Miss.
The Georgia-Florida game will be televised again by CBS at 3:30 on Nov. 2, and the Arkansas-LSU game will again by shown by the network at 2:30 on Nov. 29. The SEC championship is set for Dec. 7 at 4.
CBS, which will televise 16 games over 13 weeks, has produced the highest-rated college football package for four consecutive regular seasons. Alabama's victory over Georgia in the SEC championship was the highest-rated game a year ago with 16.2 million viewers, with the Alabama-LSU game third (11.4 million) and Texas A&M-Alabama fourth (9.6 million).
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David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...