Tennessee-Oklahoma set for 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN

Tennessee-Oklahoma set for 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN

June 18th, 2015 by Patrick Brown in Sports - College

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) drops the ball when he gets hit by Oklahoma safety Quentin Hayes (10) as Oklahoma defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue (98) moves in at right, in their game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Oklahoma recovered the ball.

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) drops the ball...

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Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson (21) intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for Alabama tight end O.J. Howard (88) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. No. 11 Mississippi beat No. 3 Alabama 23-17. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson (21) intercepts a...

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Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) runs against South Carolina during their game on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Columbia, S.C.

Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) runs against...

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KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee and the rest of the Southeastern Conference now know the kickoff times for the first three weeks of the season.

After the Volunteers open the 2015 season against Bowling Green in Nashville on Sept. 5, Tennessee's much-anticipated home opener against Oklahoma will be a 6 p.m. kick on ESPN.

The Sooners were ranked in the top five when they beat Tennessee 34-10 in Norman last September, but they ended the season 8-5 and underwent multiple coaching staff changes this offseason.

Tennessee's opener in Nashville will kick off at 4 p.m. with the SEC Network televising the game, and the Western Carolina game on Sept. 19 will be a 7 p.m. kick on ESPNU.

Alabama and Georgia join the Vols, coming off their first winning season since 2009, in playing a key early-season game on national television.

The Crimson Tide face Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium in Arlington in an 8 p.m. kickoff on ABC, and Georgia hosts South Carolina on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

The Bulldogs open the season against Louisiana-Monroe at noon on the SEC Network and have an open date before hosting the Gamecocks.

Alabama's home opener against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 12 with kick off at 4 p.m. on the SEC Network, and the Tide's third game against Ole Miss, which upset Alabama in Oxford last season, is set for a 9:15 kickoff on ESPN.

The complete schedule for the first three weeks of the season is available on the SEC's official web site.

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