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Florida Football 100 For 100, No. 84: Gators Play First Three Games On ESPN


Last year, we tried 50 For 50, and got halfway done before things cropped up. This year, Alligator Army is coming back with 100 For 100, with 100 articles in the 100 days leading up to the first Florida Gators football game of the 2012 season, and will run down storylines, profile players, examine history, and make some predictions, possibly all haphazardly. The only thing we can promise is that each day's entry will bring us all one step closer to "Herrrrrrrrre ... come the Gators!"

And maybe that you'll get a couple of these a day for the next week or so.

You could be forgiven for thinking Florida's profile had taken a hit with a 7-6 record in 2011. But ESPN sure doesn't think so, given the network's placement of Florida's first three games of the 2012 season.

The SEC and ESPN released their 2012 early season SEC TV schedule on Monday, and the Gators will show up on ESPN smack in the middle of the day on each of the first three college football Saturdays of the 2012 season.

Here's the rundown:

  • September 1: Florida vs. Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. Eastern, ESPN
  • September 8: Florida at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m. Eastern, ESPN
  • September 15: Florida at Tennessee, 6:00 p.m. Eastern, ESPN

There's a lot to parse from that, and we'll get to it later today, but the key is that Florida will be in the spotlight about as much as possible in the first three weeks of the season without a primetime out-of-conference showdown. It's up to the Gators to look good in it.