Predicting which Georgia games will air on CBS this season

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Georgia running back D'Andre Swift and the rest of the Bulldogs should be on CBS often.

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Which Georgia games will air on CBS?

On Wednesday, CBS announced its SEC on CBS schedule for the 2018 college football season, and the Georgia Bulldogs are already on the slate twice. The Georgia-South Carolina game in Columbia, S.C. will be broadcast by the network at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 8. The Georgia-Florida game will also keep its traditional 3:30 CBS kickoff on Oct. 27.

CBS, which gets the first option on every SEC game, is allowed to air each SEC team as many as five times in a given regular season. Considering Georgia figures to be one of the most high-profile teams in college football next season, chances are good the network will reach its limit of five Bulldogs games. That begs the question, what will those other three games be?

It isn’t quite as simple as just picking the three games that look the best on paper. You also have to take into account who else is playing each week and how good those teams could be at any point in the season. But by cross-referencing this season’s SEC schedule and CBS schedule, we can come up with a good guess as to which Georgia games will be featured. Here are the options:

at Missouri (Sept. 22): On paper, there isn’t much exciting about this game. Jimbo Fisher will also be coaching his first SEC game at Texas A&M that day — a trip to Tuscaloosa to face Nick Saban and Alabama.

vs. Tennessee (Sept. 29): This being Jeremy Pruitt’s inaugural season with the Vols, there will be plenty of interest in his return to Athens, as well as seeing how wide the gap is between Georgia and Tennessee. The biggest obstacle to this airing on CBS is another major return — Dan Mullen heading back to Mississippi State for the first time as Florida coach.

vs. Vanderbilt (Oct. 6): Georgia’s games with Vanderbilt rarely thrill, but this game’s chances benefit from no obvious marquee SEC matchups this week — LSU at Florida, Alabama at Arkansas and Auburn at Mississippi State stand out most.

at LSU (Oct. 13): Now we get cooking. Georgia at LSU could be one of the biggest games in the SEC this season, and not only because of how rarely the Dawgs make a trip to Death Valley. If LSU has a strong first half of 2018 — a big “if” considering its onerous schedule — this one has the potential to be the national game of the week.

at Kentucky (Nov. 3): This will be the first of back-to-back weekends in which CBS will air an SEC doubleheader. Alabama at LSU is pretty much guaranteed one of those spots. Texas A&M at Auburn could have major implications in the SEC West title race, so I consider it the most likely to take the other spot.

vs. Auburn (Nov. 10): And this will be the second SEC on CBS doubleheader. Between that and the fact that it will also be an SEC Championship Game rematch — as well as the third edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry in a year — I guarantee this one ends up on CBS.

Let’s start with the obvious: LSU and Auburn. Unless something crazy and unpredictable happens this season, those two games are shoo-ins to be broadcast by CBS. After that, it gets a bit trickier. I’m not confident in this pick, but I’m going to put my money on Tennessee. Let me know which games you think will be aired on CBS down in the comments.

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