The Tigers and Fighting Tigers will battle under the lights.
CBS will instead televise Tennessee at Florida, which the network told LSU officials last week was the only other game seriously under consideration.
This Saturday’s LSU-Kent State game will be at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
Here is the SEC television schedule for this weekend (all times CDT):
CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson said LSU coach Les Miles was “very bright” to bring in new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to develop an NFL-caliber talent in senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
“I was very high on what Zach would eventually be last year,” Danielson said during a Tuesday teleconference to kickoff CBS’s coverage of SEC football.
“Les was very bright to bring in another tutor, not to say anything bad about the (other coaches), but to take Zach to the next step and to realize he had a special talent on his hands. They don’t come around that often.
“It’s good to bring in an NFL guy to tap into that.”
Miles said senior strong safety Craig Loston, who left Saturday’s game with a lower leg injury, was questionable for practice Monday but that he expects him to play against Kent State.
Miles opened his news conference by sending out good wishes to former LSU coach and athletic director Paul Dietzel.
The 89-year-old Dietzel was recently hospitalized and has been battling health issues.
“First and foremost, I’d like to mention Paul Dietzel and recognize that he’s home from the hospital and resting,” Miles said.
“And what a magnificent man he is and how important he is to these Tigers. Just wanted to say hi.”
Dietzel coached LSU from 1955-61, leading the Tigers to the 1958 national championship and a second SEC title in 1961. He later returned to serve as athletic director from 1978-82.
As is customary for its second nonconference home game, LSU will break out its purple jerseys for the Kent State game, according to LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette.
LSU has never played Kent State in football. … The Tigers are 4-1 against teams from Kent State’s Mid-American Conference. … LSU is looking to extend its Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) nonconference regular-season winning streak to 44 straight games. … The Tigers have won 28 straight games in September. … This week marks LSU’s 67th straight appearance in The Associated Press Top 25. Only Alabama, with 83 weeks, has a longer streak nationally.
“I really don’t want to recall. It was a larger number than we’re used to, I can tell you that.”
— Miles when asked about the number of missed tackles against UAB
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