Georgia, Arkansas fans express frustration over Week 5's noon kickoff time on ESPN
Georgia and Arkansas won’t be the headlining game for Week 5, but it’s certainly an appealing Top 10 matchup.
Ahead of Sam Pittman’s return to Athens, the Razorbacks have been one of the major surprises of the early season under the 2nd-year head coach as they sit at 4-0 and are at No. 8 in the rankings following an upset of Texas A&M on Saturday. The No. 2 Bulldogs, of course, have seen everything go according to plan thus far and are also undefeated following an overwhelming offensive performance at Vanderbilt.
With CBS having understandably selected Alabama-Ole Miss as its game of the week for Oct. 2, the Bulldogs and Razorbacks will kick off from Sanford Stadium at noon ET on ESPN. Meanwhile, College GameDay will broadcast live from Athens — ESPN announced the decision on Sunday, much to the displeasure of Alabama and Ole Miss fans — but as you’d expect, both sets of fans aren’t too thrilled with the kickoff time, feeling that this game was more deserving of a primetime slot.
Here’s some of the reaction on social media:
Push the time to the 7:30 slot. Major disservice to both teams for a noon kickoff!
— Justin (@sgtjsisk) September 26, 2021
Why the hell is a TOP 10 MATCHUP AT NOON
— Hayden Bradley (@HaydenBradley13) September 26, 2021
CHANGE THE DAMN KICK OFF TIME!
— Chris 🔴⚫️ #BeatKentucky (@Ga_Sports_Fan) September 26, 2021
Wonderful to have College GameDay covering this matchup between two great teams. Sam Pittman has done wonders in a short time. I schedule executive assessments for a living and wonder how they got this time so wrong. Go Dawgs!
— Dawggirl (@MelissaRabb1) September 26, 2021
But Can't Flex PSU & IU Out Of Saturday Night Football??
— uBuggin (@uBuggin25) September 26, 2021
And yet, it's a noon game.
— Nate Harris (@nwithan8) September 26, 2021
Now move the kickoff to prime time
— Carter Glenn (@CarterFGlenn) September 26, 2021
Change kickoff time. A big game like this shouldn’t be at 12
— Ashley Milligan (@AshleyMilligan) September 26, 2021
Change the game time from 12:00 too 🤔🤔🤔
— clint anderson (@clint_anderson_) September 26, 2021
SEC top 10 matchup at noon? What are we, the PAC 10 or Big 12? Come on ESPN, CBS, anyone! Not to mention it ruins the game day college tailgating experience. 4pm is the sweet spot!
— Will (@willitosworld67) September 26, 2021