When Florida and Arkansas meet in Fayetteville on November 5, it will be in the afternoon showcase slot on CBS, as the SEC announced Monday that the Gators and Hogs will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
For Florida, it will mean a second straight week in the glare of the Eye Network’s typical afternoon showcase slot — but it won’t mean that the Gators game will be called by Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson. The network’s No. 1 broadcast team will head to the day’s top game in Baton Rouge later that night, where presumptive No. 1 Alabama — the Tide aren’t getting jumped between now and then while on a bye — meets likely top-20 outfit LSU.
Instead, Florida-Arkansas will be called by Brad Nessler — who will succeed the retiring Lundquist as the No. 1 CBS play-by-play announcer in 2017 — and Aaron Taylor, making their debut as a commentary team. It will also be Nessler’s return to the air with CBS, after more than two decades with the ESPN family of networks; he briefly worked for CBS in the early 1990s, but has broadcast college sports, NFL, and NBA games for ESPN and the NFL Network for the better part of the last quarter-century.