These 2024 Georgia football games should be in prime time

Last year, mostly thanks to CBS Sports, the defending national champs were cheated out of a lot of prime time opportunities. Hopefully that will be fixed in 2024
Sep 23, 2023; Athens, Georgia, USA; A general overall view of Sanford Stadium during the game
Sep 23, 2023; Athens, Georgia, USA; A general overall view of Sanford Stadium during the game / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In 2023, Georgia football fans were treated to nearly an entire season of 12 pm and 3:30 pm games. The defending national champs had only two prime time home games all season -- Kentucky on Oct. 7, and Ole Miss on Nov. 11 -- mostly due to the SEC's expiring TV deal with CBS.

With CBS now out of the picture and the SEC's games moving to ESPN, hopefully, we'll get to see more Georgia and less Penn State or Wisconsin.

Georgia has one of the nation's toughest schedules in 2024 so the opportunity for prime time games will be abundant if the networks choose to feature one of the most marketable teams in the country.

These 2024 Georgia football games are great prime time candidates

432. . 9-4 2023. Saturday, August 31, 2024. 2024 CFA kickoff. 13-1 2023. 527. . Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Georgia-Clemson is a good ol' fashioned Southern rivalry, and it's always fun to see these two neighboring programs lock up.

As this is the AFLAC Kickoff Game for 2024, there's a good chance it could land in prime time, but may also wind up with that 3:30 kickoff time as right now there is only one game rather than two in years past.

. uga bama. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL. 13-1 2023. 527. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2024. 12-2 2023. 523.

If this game isn't in prime time, then something is seriously wrong at ESPN. The two premier teams in the SEC will meet in the regular season for the first time since 2020 and continue what's been one of the best college football rivalries of the last decade.

This game will have everything for both TV viewers and fans, and should be a decider in who ends up playing for the SEC title in December - perhaps even a rematch of the classic 2023 game.

DSOR. 6-7 2023. 525. 527. . Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA. . Saturday, Oct. 5, 2024. 13-1 2023

There are some games that should simply always be in prime time, and the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry is one of them.

Regardless of records, Georgia and Auburn represent one of the best rivalries in the nation. Some of the mystique may be gone with the game having been moved up from its traditional late-season slot, but this is still a game that belongs under the lights.

dawgs 24. 12-2 2023. . 13-1 2023. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2024. 467. Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX. 527.

The Dawgs will travel to Austin, TX. to meet the Texas Longhorns during the first season as members of the SEC. Absolutely prime time material.

Georgia is 1-4 all-time against Texas and hasn't played in Austin since 1958. Three of the five matchups between the Dawgs and Horns have been bowl games, with Georgia's only win coming in the 1984 Cotton Bowl. This game should be a doozy.

527. 534. Saturday, November 16, 2024. dawgs rocky top. 13-1 2023. . Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA. 9-4 2023.

The Dawgs and Vols have evolved into one of the best rivalry games in the SEC, with Georgia winning the last seven straight games and eight of the last ten.

Even more than the game, the smack talk between fans and media members from both sides always adds to the carnival, and makes for a great piece of tv broadcasting. When the Vols come visiting Athens, put it on prime time, baby.

Five prime time games in 2024 -- two in Athens and one in Atlanta -- would more than make up for what Georgia fans lost out on in the 2023 season, and will probably make Disney/ABC/ESPN a fortune in the process.