Noontime start probable for Vols-Bulldogs game

Noontime start probable for Vols-Bulldogs game

August 12th, 2009 by David Paschall in Sports

The Oct. 10 football game between Tennessee and Georgia at Neyland Stadium can expect a lunchtime kickoff, according to CBS and ESPN officials.

CBS has scheduled its lone day-night doubleheader for Oct. 10, and network executive vice president Mike Aresco considers the game between No. 1 Florida and No. 9 LSU in Baton Rouge a "99-percenter" for the prime-time slot. The Alabama-Ole Miss game in Oxford is the favorite for the 3:30 start on CBS, because it's another matchup of preseason top-10 teams and could decide the SEC West.

Burke Magnus, ESPN's senior vice president of college programming, said Tuesday that CBS has exclusive windows on both Oct. 10 telecasts.

"On that week every year, all the rest of the games in the league will be early," Magnus said, "so (Tennessee-Georgia) will be an early game."

Tennessee-Georgia could be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU at noon, or it could be the SEC Regional telecast (formerly Lincoln Financial) at 12:21. Other Oct. 10 games include Auburn-Arkansas, Kentucky-South Carolina, Mississippi State-Houston and Vanderbilt-Army.