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Deadline for early-season kickoff times pushed back

We’ll have to wait a little longer for start times and TV designations for the first three games.

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It may take a little longer than usual to learn the game times and TV designations for the Kentucky Wildcats’ first three games.

Typically, we learn these around June 1st when conferences announce times and TV channels for games over the first three weeks of the regular season. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has complicated things, and we could see games being played this fall without fans.

Today, the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and their broadcast partners released a joint statement that the times for those early-season games will be determined at a later date.

“These kickoff times and network designations will be announced at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.”

The good news is the NCAA is starting to allow athletes to return to their respective campuses in the coming weeks to prepare for the upcoming season. Hopefully we’ll see things get back to normal soon, but obviously with the health and safety of everyone being the No. 1 goal.

Kentucky’s first three games are vs. Eastern Michigan, at Florida, and vs. Kent State. My guess is the EMU and Kent State games will have early kickoff times on the SEC Network, while at Florida could get primetime treatment on a bigger channel.