Stuart McNair

Four 2017 SEC football games, none featuring Alabama, and doubleheader schedule announced by CBS

Nick Saban begins his 11th season leading Alabama

Don’t panic. CBS Sports has announced its preliminary schedule for Southeastern Conference football coverage, and it does not include any Alabama games. Only four SEC games have been announced, however, and the Crimson Tide will certainly be a regular feature on the weekly telecasts.
In addition to the games that have been scheduled, CBS also announced the dates of its doubleheaders, which come late in the season. The network pointed out that those doubleheaders, plus two Thanksgiving weekend games, means eight late-season SEC games will be televised leading up to the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2.
CBS does not televise SEC games on the opening weekend, but will begin telecasts with the TCU at Arkansas game on Sept. 9. Other scheduled games are Tennessee at Florida on Sept. 16, Georgia at Florida Oct. 28, and Missouri at Arkansas on Nov. 24.
All other SEC Game of the Week pairings and times will be announced 6-12 days prior.
The first doubleheader will be Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. central time, and a good bet is that the night game will be Alabama hosting LSU.
Other doubleheaders are Nov. 11 (11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) when Bama is at Mississippi State and Nov. 18 (11 and 2:30), but not likely to include the Crimson Tide’s game hosting Mercer.
The SEC Game of the Week has 17 games, including the SEC Championship Game. The SEC on CBS has been the highest-rated college football package for eight consecutive seasons.
Brad Nessler will be the lead play-by-play announcer, replacing the retired Verne Lundquist. Nessler will work alongside analyst Gary Danielson.
The network’s pre-game, halftime, and post-game studio show returns with host Adam Zucker and analysts Rick Neuheisel and Brian Jones.
In addition to the SEC schedule, CBS will broadcast the annual Army-Navy classic (Dec. 9) and Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 29).

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