18 August 2008
With a hat tip to Deadspin
, Saturdays in the South brings us the alleged CBS broadcast schedule
. There are a couple of surprises here for Alabama fans. Keep in mind these are unconfirmed and most certainly subject to change. Do not make travel arrangements or plans of any sort based on this information.
And, if you do, don't blame me.
First, Alabama vs. Kentucky is one of two choices for October 4. Bizarre. The other choice is Florida at Arkansas. The next best game on the schedule that week is South Carolina at Ole Miss. It's not a banner week.
The next possible CBS game for the Tide is November 8's tilt in Baton Rouge. There's something just odd about the thought of playing LSU in the natural light of daytime. Here's hoping CBS picks up their other supposed option: Georgia at Kentucky. There are no other real matchups that weekend.
Finally, the Alabama-Auburn game in Tuscaloosa is the last game on the schedule. There are no other options listed here. That makes lots of sense.
As far as the balance of the season goes, it's looking like lots of ESPN and Raycom:
- As we noted earlier, we expect Raycom to televise the Arkansas game at 11:30.
- Allegedly ESPN will use their option to make the Georgia game in Athens a night game.
- Ole Miss is probably the second best game on the schedule (LSU vs South Carolina is the CBS pick). Other games that day include Arkansas vs. Kentucky and Mississippi State and Tennessee. If State is playing well, that could become the ESPN game, but it seems unlikely the Ole Miss-Alabama game won't appear somewhere.
- Alabama at Tennessee will likely be an ESPN night game with LSU and Georgia as the CBS selection. Kentucky vs Florida seems like a natural for Raycom.
- Arkansas State is homecoming - that means sometime mid-afternoon pay-per-view.
- Alabama hosting Mississippi State will likely be third choice on that Saturday - Auburn-Georgia and South Carolina-Florida probably have more TV interest. Raycom is likely for this game.
Those are our wild-ass guesses as to when we'll play each game (and what TV may look like). This will all play out soon enough, but it's a slow day and speculation never killed anyone.