Ole Miss football rolled out kickoff times for four of its first five games on Tuesday including its season opener with Florida.
The Rebels and Gators will have an 11 a.m. CST kickoff at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. to start the season. This game was originally scheduled much later in the season prior to COVID-19 restrictions on the conference schedules.
Lane Kiffin’s first game as a head coach at Ole Miss will be broadcast on ESPN, and it will undoubtedly be much see TV not only for the Rebel faithful but for everyone who stays infatuated with our super successful head coach.
Games at Kentucky, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt were also given 3 p.m. or ambiguous “day game” kickoff times on the SEC Network.
Due to state regulations, attendance capacity for the first game will be limited to 25 percent of the bowl area in Vaught Hemingway. Tailgating is also prohibited per Governor Tate Reeves’ executive order.
That being said, you can now stock up on supplies for a bloody Mary and mimosa bar at your home watch party for the first game or make your dinner reservations in Oxford if you plan to attend. I’m not a huge fan of day games when there is the Grove and tailgating involved, but I will, for the first time in nearly two decades, be watching from home this season. The kickoff time doesn’t matter quite as much in that kind of a situation for obvious reasons.
But still, earlier kickoffs, unless its the CBS 2:30 p.m. timeslot, is the blatant sign from the networks your games or your team is not interesting in general. That’s fine, count Lane Kiffin and the Rebels out - once the games are played, hopefully their play on the field will put them back in the prime time network light soon enough.