SEC on CBS Announces 2014 Football Schedule

CBS announced its 2014 SEC Football schedule on Tuesday afternoon. The SEC ON CBS schedule features a total of 16 games during the network’s 14-week season, including two doubleheaders and the SEC Championship on Saturday, Dec. 6 (4:00 PM, ET).

verngaryFlorida could likely make a handful of these primetime CBS slots, as they normally do. Here’s a breakdown of the slate of SEC games for each of CBS’ weeks, and which teams will likely be chosen as the network’s game of the week.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13 – 3:30-7:00 PM – GEORGIA at SOUTH CAROLINA  

Saturday, Sept. 20 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK:

SEC Game Options:

  • Florida @ Alabama
  • South Carolina @ Vanderbilt
  • Mississippi State @ LSU

Likely winner: Florida-Alabama. Both teams bring in strong viewership, and it’s a huge cross-divisional matchup early in the season.

Saturday, Sept. 27 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK:

SEC Game Options:

  • Tennessee @ Georgia
  • Vanderbilt @ Kentucky
  • Arkansas vs Texas A&M
  • Missouri @ South Carolina

Likely winner: This one’s tough, considering that both the Mizzou-South Carolina and Tennessee-Georgia games went into overtime last year—Mizzou’s going into double OT. Arkansas-TAMU is a neutral site game in Arlington, and has historical significance as these two teams clashed back in the Southwest Conference days. I’ll go with Missouri-South Carolina though, because both of these teams are in the hunt for the SEC East title this season.

Saturday, Oct. 4 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK:

SEC Game Options:

Tennessee v Florida

  • Florida @ Tennessee
  • LSU @ Auburn
  • Vanderbilt @ Georgia
  • South Carolina @ Kentucky
  • Alabama @ Ole Miss
  • Texas A&M @ Mississippi State

Likely winner: Florida @ Tennessee, simply because of tradition. Last season, the game aired on CBS for the 17th time in 18 years.

Saturday, Oct. 11 – 12:00 NOON-3:30 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #1 

Saturday, Oct. 11 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #2    

SEC Game Options:

  • LSU @ Florida
  • Alabama @ Arkansas
  • Georgia @ Missouri
  • Ole Miss @ Texas A&M
  • Auburn @ Mississippi State

Likely winner: Since CBS has two slots this week, I can see Georgia @ Missouri getting the noon spot and LSU @ Florida getting 3:30. Last year’s Georgia-Missouri game was a noon game on ESPN, and LSU-Florida remains one of CBS’ top games ratings-wise.

Saturday, Oct. 18 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options:

  • Missouri @ Florida
  • Georgia @ Arkansas
  • Kentucky @ LSU
  • Tennessee @ Ole Miss
  • Texas A&M @ Alabama

Likely winner:  Texas A&M @ Alabama: This one’s a no-brainer—it has emerged as quite a rivalry with Texas A&M’s upset of the Tide in 2012, and Bama’s win in the rematch last season. Even without Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron, this game will bring in big ratings.

Saturday, Oct. 25 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options:

  • South Carolina @ Auburn
  • Mississippi State @ Kentucky
  • Ole Miss @ LSU
  • Vanderbilt @ Missouri
  • Alabama @ Tennessee

Likely winner: South Carolina @ Auburn, but the annual Bama-Tennessee game could sneak in.

Saturday, Nov. 1 – 3:30-7:00 PM – FLORIDA vs. GEORGIA-A game Will Muschamp hasn’t been on the winning side of as a player or coach. This game’s outcome will likely save or cause him to lose his job in Gainesville.

Saturday, Nov. 8 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #1

Saturday, Nov. 8 – 8:00-11:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #2

SEC Game Options:

  • Florida @ Vanderbilt
  • Texas A&M @ Auburn
  • Georgia @ Kentucky
  • Alabama @ LSU

Likely winners: This mark’s the network’s second double header. I see Texas A&M @ Auburn getting the 3:30 slot and Alabama @ LSU getting the 8pm slot. 2011’s “Game of the Century” matchup between Bama and LSU—both ranked No. 1 and 2 at the time—brought in the highest ratings for a CBS regular-season game in 24 years.

Saturday, Nov. 15 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options:

  • South Carolina @ Florida
  • LSU @ Arkansas
  • Auburn @ Georgia
  • Missouri @ Texas A&M
  • Mississippi State @ Alabama

Likely winner: This one’s a toss-up as the South Carolina-Florida game could determine who makes the trip to Atlanta representing the SEC East. But the “Miracle in Jordan Hare” Auburn-Georgia game last year was in the 3:30 CBS slot.

Saturday, Nov. 22 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options: 

  • Ole Miss @ Arkansas
  • Vanderbilt @ Mississippi State
  • Missouri @ Tennessee

Likely winner: This is clearly a less than thrilling slate of SEC games, as the week before rivalry week usually is. I see Missouri @ Tennessee getting this one, as the Vols will be much improved this year, and they play significantly better at Neyland Stadium.

Friday, Nov. 28 – 2:30-6:00 PM – ARKANSAS at MISSOURI

Saturday, Nov. 29 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK 

SEC Game Options: 

  • Auburn @ Alabama

Likely winner: Auburn @ Alabama. There are actually three other SEC matchups this week (Arkansas @ Missouri , Mississippi State @ Ole Miss, Tennessee @ Vanderbilt) But picking the Iron Bowl is indisputable after last year’s miraculous finish in Jordan Hare.

Saturday, Dec. 6 – 4:00-7:30 PM – SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Morgan Moriarty is a third year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida. She covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio/NBC Sports. She is the lead recruiting reporter for The Alligator, and contributes for OurTwoBits.com. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Her wedding song will without a doubt be the College Game Day theme music. After getting her undergrad at UF, she hopes to have a career in sports broadcasting. Find her on Twitter: @Morgan_Moriarty

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