Florida Gators get two dates with CBS

The Florida Gators 2017 football schedule had some light shed on it as CBS announced it would be broadcasting two Gator games this coming fall.

Tuesday CBS announced that they would be broadcasting the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville for the 15th consecutive year in the 3:30 p.m. slot. The last time the game was not broadcast on CBS was in 2002 (ESPN). The Gators will also host Tennessee on September 16, 2017 with a national audience on CBS at 3:30 p.m. CBS. Florida and Tennessee have played 19 of their last 21 meetings on the network.

The Florida-Tennessee matchup will be the SEC opener for both schools. The Gators have a date with Michigan in Arlington before their home opener on September 9 (kickoff time TBA). Tennessee opened their season with two home games, Georgia Tech and Indiana State before traveling to Gainesville.

The time slot for the two games is a familiar one but the broadcast team will be new this season. Longtime sportscaster Verne Lundquist stepped down at the end of last season. This year CBS will have a team of Gary Danielson, who has been in his current position since 2006, in the booth with Brad Nessler taking over Lundquist’s role for play-by-play. Allie LaForce will report from the sidelines, a position she has held since replacing Tracy Wolfson in 2014.

CBS also announced that it would air three doubleheaders this season on November 4, November 11 and November 18. The Gators play at Missouri on the 4th and at South Carolina on the 11th.

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC