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Georgia football schedules show a national championship doesn’t change everything

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Georgian football is still stuck with the first hours of play to start the 2022 season

A lot has changed in Georgian football since the start of the 2021 season. Mainly because the Bulldogs ended a 41-year drought, winning the school’s first national championship since 1980. Add to that a win over Alabama and proof that the defense can still win championships, and there’s reason to see Georgia in a different light going forward.

Unless it’s hours of play and TV channels.

Last week, we learned Georgia’s final three game schedules and TV channels for the month of September. Georgia had already fired a 3:30 kickoff against Oregon to open the season. Despite being the defending champ and facing their former defensive coordinator in Dan Lanning, ABC opted to put Notre Dame-Ohio State in the prime-time slot for the first weekend.

Related: 4 thoughts on the full Georgia 2022 football schedule in September

The first home game of the season will start at 4 p.m. against Samford. Considering opponent FCS, it could be worse if you were a fan hoping for a start that didn’t knock you unconscious from heat exhaustion.

Georgia’s next game is perhaps the most curious from a scheduling standpoint. This will be the first road contest of the season in Georgia, and it will be in a hostile environment in South Carolina. With trade quarterback Spencer Rattler and an encouraging first season under Shane Beamer, the Gamecocks have garnered a lot of interest this offseason.

Yet instead of perhaps a night game or even the coveted 3:30 p.m. ET slot on CBS, Georgia will face South Carolina at noon. Given the temperatures and time of year in Columbia, SC, this game might as well be played on the surface of the sun.

On the same day, Auburn hosts Penn State, which got the 3:30 p.m. slot. Auburn has been a bit on fire this offseason, while Penn State went 7-6 last season. Still, these two marks were sufficient for the upper time slot.

Mississippi State visits LSU the same week and got a 6 p.m. start time on ESPN. None of those teams won more than seven games last season, with Brian Kelly now running things at LSU.

Texas A&M also hosts Miami that week, earning a 9 p.m. start on the network. Given all the offseason drama created by Jimbo Fisher and new Miami head coach Mario Cristobal, there should be plenty of intrigue surrounding two teams that could possibly push for the playoffs.

This is where it’s worth pointing out that TV networks determine these times, even if it’s not based on results on the field. Consider that Alabama’s game at Texas on Sept. 10 is scheduled for a 12 p.m. ET start time because Fox gets the rights to that game. If it was an ESPN or CBS broadcast, the hallmark non-conference game wouldn’t start that early in the day.

Of course, the early start time against South Carolina or the non-priority time slot for Oregon pales in comparison to Georgia’s last game of the month against Kent State. Because this start time is not ideal for fans attending the game or those trying to watch.

Georgia’s game on Sept. 24 kicks off at 12 p.m. ET. It will air on SEC Network+/ESPN+. No regular SEC Network or ESPN. But the streaming platform. Expect a few calls from your parents about how they can get the game on their TV.

This is the second season in a row that Georgia will have one of its games streamed instead of airing it directly on a channel. Last year’s game against Charleston Southern received the same treatment. But he was an FCS-level foe, and Georgia had yet to win a national championship.

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