CBS snatches up another Georgia-Auburn game



ATHENS -- Another game, another CBS designation for the No. 1-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs, who still should be ranked No. 1 when they travel to Auburn and Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 30, were tabbed by CBS for another 3:30 p.m. kickoff as the network’s coveted SEC national game of the week. That determination was announced by the SEC office in Birmingham on Monday.

That means the two-time defending national champion Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will play in the network’s featured SEC game -- featuring announcers Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson -- at least three times this season. Georgia was in that spot last week when it had to rally from a 14-3 deficit to defeat South Carolina 24-14 at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs are also set for the 3:30 p.m. CBS broadcast -- as always -- when they play Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 28.

Georgia played in that slot five times during its 15-0 run to the national championship last season. That included a 42-10 win over Auburn at Sanford Stadium. The Tigers (3-0) will play their SEC opener on the road against Texas A&M this Saturday (noon, SEC Network). They are under the direction of new coach Hugh Freeze this year.

Georgia also played on CBS five times on the way the 2021 national championship. It was 4-1 on the network that season, losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Overall, the Bulldogs are 72-45-1 on CBS.

After this season, it will be a while before Georgia plays on CBS again. In 2019, the network declined to renew its broadcast rights for SEC football. ESPN will take over as primary SEC programmer next season, while CBS will replace its traditional 3:30 p.m. time slot with Big Ten games