Beatin' the heat

The announcement that Tennessee's 2005 football opener against Alabama Birmingham would be played at 12:30 caused quite a furor. After all, the mid-day heat in Knoxville can be pretty oppressive in early September. Fortunately, the Game 1 kickoff time for 2006 shouldn't be a big concern.

This year's opener against California on Sept. 2 will begin at 5:30 p.m., according to ESPN, which will air the telecast.

According to, the cable giant's website, a whopping 13 games will be televised on college football's opening weekend, spread over a five-day period from Thursday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 4. Interestingly enough, six Southeastern Conference teams will be showcased … all on ESPN or ESPN2.

In addition to UT hosting Cal, South Carolina and Mississippi State will be aired Friday, Aug. 31 (ESPN), Auburn hosts Washington State on Sept. 2 (ESPN2), Arkansas hosts Southern Cal on Sept. 2 (ESPN) and Ole Miss hosts Memphis on Sunday, Sept. 3 (ESPN).

What follows is the complete Week 1 television schedule, according to

Aug. 31 Boston College at Central Michigan 6 p.m. ESPN2

Aug. 31 Northwestern at Miami (Ohio) 7:30 p.m. ESPN Classic or ESPNU

Aug. 31 South Carolina at Mississippi State 8 p.m. ESPN

Sept. 1 Nevada at Fresno State 10 p.m. ESPN2

Sept. 2 Rutgers at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. ABC

Sept. 2 Stanford at Oregon 3:30 p.m. ABC

Sept. 2 Cal at Tennessee 5:30 p.m. ESPN

Sept. 2 Virginia at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ESPNU

Sept. 2 Washington State at Auburn 7:45 p.m. ESPN2

Sept. 2 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech 8 p.m. ABC

Sept. 2 USC at Arkansas 8:45 p.m. ESPN

Sept. 3 Memphis at Ole Miss 4:30 p.m. ESPN

Sept. 4 Florida State at Miami 8 p.m. ESPN

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