The SEC Network on Thursday announced its schedule for the first four weeks of the 2014 season with two of the 16 games set to feature the Florida Gators.
Though a time and network affiliation have not yet been released for Florida’s season-opening contest against Idaho on Saturday, August 30, the Gators will be featured in late games on the SEC Network during both the second and third weeks of the season.
Florida will host the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday, September 6 at 4:00 p.m. and open league play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
In scheduling the Gators for these later games, the SEC Network has given UF its first post-3:30 p.m. kickoff times in the month of September since 2011, as pointed out by SB Nation blog AlligatorArmy.com. Florida has only started five total regular-season games after 3:30 p.m. over the last two seasons.
Now that ESPN and CBS are the sole holders of all SEC football rights, every Gators game is guaranteed to be broadcast nationally – availability dependent on your cable/satellite provider – in 2014.
Seeing as CBS does not begin broadcasting SEC games until later in the season, Florida’s opener against Idaho will likely be on an ESPN network.
SEC Network is currently only available on AT&T U-Verse, DISH Network and Google Fiber though deals with most major cable/satellite companies are expected.