ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's football game at Mississippi State has been pushed up to 7:45 tonight after Hurricane Rita created a hole in ESPN's college football programming window.
The Tennessee-Louisiana State game in Baton Rouge, La., was postponed from the same time slot tonight on the network to Monday because of safety concerns.
After that decision was made, ESPN contacted the Southeastern Conference about moving the 9 p.m. game between Georgia and Mississippi State earlier, SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom said.
The game will now air on ESPN instead of ESPN2.
SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack phoned Georgia athletic director Damon Evans on Thursday night to let him know about the possibility of kicking off the game earlier.
"Moving up doesn't bother me," Evans said Friday before leaving for Mississippi, "but the only thing I'd be concerned about is the football staff has their plans together and it is difficult to have to make changes this late in the game."
Evans said that coach Mark Richt will make the "necessary adjustments."
"We'd just as soon play it earlier," Mississippi State spokesman Mike Nemeth said. "The bad part is going to be getting the word to everybody on short notice. ... We're trying to do everything we can to make sure our folks know."
- Boston College at Clemson, noon (Fox Sports Net)
- Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, 3:30 (ABC-Ch. 6)
- Troy at South Carolina, 7 (Pay-per-view)
- Chattanooga at Georgia Southern, 7 (CSS)
- Georgia at Mississippi State, 7:45 (ESPN)