As anticipated, as DavetheDawg noted, and much to my chagrin, CBS has set a 3:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff time for next Saturday’s renewal of the
Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers.
Frankly, 3:30 was my last choice, as I believe the Bulldogs would have benefited either from a noon start (which would have begun at 11:00 a.m. body standard time for the visitors from the SEC West) or from a night game (in the hope of replicating something akin to the 2007 "blackout" game atmosphere). Nevertheless, the ‘Dawgs must play the hand they have been dealt, which creates an interesting conundrum.
At noon on Saturday, CBS will air the contest in Columbia pitting the Florida Gators against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Palmetto State Poultry presently trail the Classic City Canines by a half-game in the SEC East standings, so a South Carolina win this weekend would require the Red and Black to win both of their remaining conference games to claim the division, while a loss by the Garnet and Black to the Orange and Blue would give the Athenians a one-game margin for error.
Given that state of affairs, which way will you be rooting on Saturday? Vote in the poll and offer your thoughts in the comments.