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Tennessee-Alabama kickoff time, TV network set

Another CBS game.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Alabama Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Looking ahead, the kickoff time and television network have been set for the third fourth Saturday in October. Tennessee and Alabama will play on October 24th this year in Knoxville, a game that will be carried by CBS.

The rivals have been awarded the 3:30 p.m. ET kick slot, the league announced this afternoon. Below is a full look at day’s schedule in conference play.

Tennessee will be coming off of a home matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats, while Alabama will be coming off of a massive showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa. From a scheduling standpoint, you can’t ask for much more if you’re a Tennessee fan.

The Crimson Tide hold wins over Missouri, Texas A&M and Ole Miss to this point, though Saturday’s game against the Rebels was a dicey 63-48 affair. We’ll learn quite a bit about Alabama this week, as they square off against Georgia’s top-ranked defense.

Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2006. It’s been a series built around long runs by one side, which is exactly what Nick Saban has done in the series since arriving in Tuscaloosa. His former defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, will be looking to become the first former Saban assistant to beat the Alabama head coach, pending Kirby Smart’s outcome this weekend.