Florida's 2014 schedule: Games vs. Eastern Michigan, Kentucky set for SEC Network

USA TODAY Sports

Want to see the Gators early this fall? You're going to need a ticket — or the SEC Network.

Florida's 2014 games against Eastern Michigan and Kentucky will be broadcast on the SEC Network, the network announced Thursday.

Florida will play Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, and will meet Kentucky in its 2014 SEC opener at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. Both games are home games for Florida, and assure the Gators of at least two games in The Swamp that won't subject Gators fans to the brutal early-afternoon kickoffs that have become the bane of many existences over the last couple of years.

Florida hasn't played a September home game that kicked off later than 3:30 p.m. — as it did in its 2012 opener against Bowling Green — since 2011, when the Gators began their season with night games against Florida Atlantic and UAB. (Both of those games were 7 p.m. kickoffs.) And now, the Gators will have two of them for sure, with the kickoff time for their 2014 opener against Idaho still yet to be announced.

But while later kickoffs are a boon for fans who are likely to go to the games, the far-flung portions of Florida's fan base will also face a time crunch to get the SEC Network. The Gators join the three other SEC teams that missed bowls in 2013 — Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee — and Texas A&M, which plays South Carolina in a spotlight game that opens the 2014 season on Thursday, August 28, in playing two games on the SEC Network in the first four weeks of the 2014 season.

Do these later kickoffs make you happy, as a fan likely to visit Gainesville for games, or frustrated, as a fan who needs to find the SEC Network sooner rather than later?

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