Week 5 is the time of year when college football starts to become an all-day affair.
Oh, sure, Noon games are a thing early on. But in the early part of the season, the early window is mostly where the television networks stick the guarantee games. But once you get to Week 5, there are actual interesting games in that window.
The Week 5 SEC TV schedule is just that. Vanderbilt travels to Florida for a Noon ET game on ESPN, setting you up for a good day of football. In the same time slot, the SEC Network will televise New Mexico State at Arkansas.
The CBS game at 3:30 p.m. ET is Georgia at Tennessee, which — after Saturday’s loss at Florida — represents the Vols’ last chance to be a factor in the East race. A loss would put them at 0-2 with losses to both of the other East heavyweights. Meanwhile, Georgia has looked like the favorite to win the East early on and if they beat Mississippi State this Saturday (not a given), they’ll likely be in the driver’s seat if they can start 2-0.
Kentucky will host Eastern Michigan on the SEC Network at 4 p.m. ET.
And then the West takes over. ESPN will broadcast a doubleheader with Mississippi State traveling to Auburn at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Ole Miss-Alabama at 9 p.m. ET. Yes, that’s right: you can start your day at noon and end it at midnight with nothing but SEC games along the way.
Buried underneath those two is the third game of the SEC Network’s tripleheader, with South Carolina traveling to Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. ET. LSU hosts Troy at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.