Despite LSU’s loss to Ole Miss last week, as far as the Tigers’ Nov. 9 game at Alabama is concerned, the folks at CBS decided that the show must go on.
CBS announced Monday that the game has been chosen for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The network typically has only one prime time slot per season.
This will be the third straight year that CBS has selected the LSU-Alabama game for prime time and the sixth time in the past seven years that the network has shown LSU at night overall.
From 2007-09, CBS showed the LSU-Florida game in its prime time slot.
In 2011, CBS negotiated with ESPN to be able to add a second prime time game to be able to show LSU-Alabama. The No. 1-ranked Tigers beat the No. 2 Crimson Tide 9-6 in overtime before Alabama beat LSU 21-0 in the rematch to win the 2012 BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Both No. 11 LSU (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) and No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) are idle this week.
While the Crimson Tide holds a commanding 47-25-5 lead in the series, both visiting teams have dominated over the past three decades.
Since 1982, LSU is 11-4 in games at Alabama and trails only 10-9 all-time in Tuscaloosa. Conversely, Alabama is 11-4-1 in Tiger Stadium since 1983.
Mississippi State at Texas A&M will be the CBS game at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. The rest of the SEC TV schedule includes Auburn at Tennessee (11 a.m., ESPN), Missouri at Kentucky (11 a.m., ESPNU or FSN), Vanderbilt at Florida (11 a.m., ESPNU or FSN), Arkansas at Ole Miss (11:21 a.m., SEC TV) and Appalachian State at Georgia (11:30 a.m., WSB-TV, Atlanta).
More on open dates
Though LSU lost 27-24 at Ole Miss on Oct. 19, LSU did get its wish to get the game moved from this weekend to that date.
The Tigers and Rebels would have originally played on Nov. 2, but both schools agreed to move their game up two weeks, according to LSU officials.
LSU senior associate athletic director Verge Ausberry, who handles the school’s football scheduling, has long said it is LSU’s desire to always have an open date the week before playing Alabama.
This will be the fourth straight year that the Tigers have an open date before playing the Crimson Tide.
Barrow on Butkus list
LSU senior Lamin Barrow was named Monday as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2013 Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker.
Barrow was one of just two semifinalists from the SEC along with Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.
Barrow leads the Tigers with 64 total tackles, including three for loss, with 1.5 sacks. He also has a fumble recovery.
Butkus Award finalists will be named Nov. 26 with the winner announced Dec. 10.
Tigers offer top QB
LSU extended a scholarship offer Monday to Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson (6-foot-4, 200 pounds), according to 24/7 Sports.
Gibson is rated as the nation’s top-dual threat quarterback for the Class of 2015, 24/7 Sports said.
The Tigers still have four commitments for 2015, including Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian cornerback Kevin Toliver II (6-1, 183). ESPN rates Toliver the top prospect in Florida for 2015 and the nation’s No. 2 prospect overall.
LSU has a commitment for 2014 from dual threat quarterback prospect Brandon Harris (6-2, 186) of Bossier City Parkway. Harris is ranked as high as No. 49 nationally by ESPN.
The Tigers have 15 commitments for 2014 in all.