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Florida vs. Alabama: SEC showdown set for 3:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS

The heavyweight bout nears.

Sam Greenwood

Florida and Alabama will play for the first time since 2011 on September 20.

And they'll do it in the national spotlight.

The SEC and CBS announced game times and TV assignments for the week of September 20 on Monday, and the two most frequent SEC Championship Game participants' clash in Tuscaloosa will be the game of the day — maybe not just in the conference — and broadcast on CBS at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

Florida's games against Alabama of late have routinely been CBS specials. Its 2010 and 2011 meetings with the Tide in Tuscaloosa and Gainesville, respectively, were broadcast in primetime by the network, and the teams met in the 2008 and 2009 SEC Championship Games, both on CBS.

Given the competition — the best game featuring an SEC team next week that isn't Alabama-Florida is probably LSU-Mississippi State — there was little doubt that two of the league's showcase programs would be put on display.

Given that Alabama hasn't lost at home since 2012, when Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M to an upset of the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and has just three losses at home since 2008, Florida's not going to have a better chance to make waves than it will next week for quite a while.