The SEC Network announced their schedule for the first four weeks of the 2014 season, and the Florida Gators will take part in two games. Florida’s week two matchup against Eastern Michigan will be televised on the SEC Network at 4 pm, following either the Alabama-Florida Atlantic game or the Tennesse-Arkansas State Matchup. The very next week, the Gators will open their conference schedule on the network when they host Kentucky at 7:30 pm.
Florida has two of the 18 matchups the SEC Network will air in the month of September. Every single SEC school will have a game broadcast on the channel and all 14 stadiums will be represented, including The Swamp twice. It’s unknown yet which broadcast teams will be at which game, but Brent Musberger and former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer are the lead play-by-play and color analysts for the network.
With the schedule being announce, the Gators have later than the new-norm kickoff times. In the recent seasons, games in September have been noon and 3:30 games much to the chagrin of Florida fans. But the times released by the SEC Network mean relief from the heat should come sooner. A 4 pm kickoff is still a little toasty, but that 7:30 start is a welcome sight. It’s also a chance for the Gators to play under the lights at Ben Hill Griffen Stadium, something that they haven’t been able to do much of the past couple of years.
Florida faced Eastern Michigan once before during the 2004 season. The Gators beat the Eagles in their season opener 49-10. Kentucky and Florida have a long-standing history in the SEC, but it’s been all Gators for the past three decades. Florida has won 27 straight against the Wildcats with a 47-17 edge in the overall series. Last year they beat Kentucky in Lexington 24-7.
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