For the first time since 2006, the afternoon sun won't cast shadows over the annual showdown between Tennessee and Florida.
Bumped by CBS from its normal 3:30 p.m. time slot in favor of a matchup between Alabama and Arkansas on Sept. 15, the Vols will host the Gators at Neyland Stadium with kickoff at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
The network announced broadcast times for 33 early-season SEC games Monday, including two UT matchups.
UT's home opener against Georgia State on Sept. 8 is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game will be shown on pay-per-view.
According to Tennessee sports information director Jimmy Stanton, the 4 p.m. kickoff time against Georgia State was UT's decision, not that of the SEC. Stanton said the Vols chose the time "out of respect for those fans who are traveling."
Tennessee's game against Florida will be shown on ESPN for the first time since 1994 and not aired on CBS for the first time since 1995, when the No. 4 Gators notched a memorable 62-37 win in Gainesville on ABC.
The Vols have lost seven straight to Florida.
UT opens its season against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Among the game times announced Monday were the SEC baptisms of newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M. The Aggies will host Florida on Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, while the Tigers welcome Georgia to Columbia the same day at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN2.
Brendan F. Quinn cover Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn