Primetime! LSU, Alabama to kick at night on CBS

October 24, 2017 GMT

LSU and Alabama are primetime material — again.

The Tigers and the Crimson Tide will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, on CBS, occupying the network’s premier time slot for a seventh straight year.

No. 23 LSU (6-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) and No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) meet in Bryant-Denny Stadium to renew what’s been one of the most highly touted yearly matchups in college football. Alabama has won six straight games in the series, dating to LSU’s 9-6 overtime win in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2011.

CBS began its day-night doubleheader that season, adding the late kickoff for this game specifically. This will be the seventh straight year CBS has aired LSU-Bama in that time slot and the 11th straight year overall the network has aired the game.

South Carolina and Georgia will kick off at 2:30 p.m. in the day portion of the doubleheader. Both Alabama and LSU are off this week.

LSU and coach Ed Orgeron are on a three-game winning streak after a home loss to Troy, an about-face that the coach credits to a slew of accountability meetings that unfolded the Monday after the Trojans beat the Tigers 24-21. LSU has knocked off two then-top 25 teams in Florida and Auburn before trouncing Ole Miss 40-24 on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, has won 29 consecutive regular-season games, has beaten its past five SEC opponents by a combined 200 points (40 per game) and holds that six-game win streak over LSU.

The streak is something that lingers over this football program.

Orgeron’s approach to the Alabama rivalry clash is different than his predecessor, Les Miles. Orgeron has addressed its importance publicly on a number of occasions.

He did it again after the win over Ole Miss, revealing that he spoke about the upcoming game to his team in the locker room postgame at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“LSU-Alabama, doesn’t get any bigger than that,” he said.

Miles, meanwhile, will be a CBS studio analyst during the LSU-Alabama game, he said earlier this month. Miles coached in 12 games of the heated rivalry, going 5-7. He won five of the first seven before losing the last five, starting with a 21-0 defeat in the 2011 national championship game.

That loss started the streak, which the Tigers have been oh-so close to snapping in three tries at home. They lost 21-17 on a 28-yard screen pass for a touchdown in the final minute of the 2012 game. The Tide stormed back in 2014, scoring a game-tying field goal in the final seconds and then winning in overtime, 20-13.

Coach Nick Saban’s crew won 10-0 last season in Tiger Stadium. Bama has beaten the Tigers by a combined 35 points in two meetings at Bryant-Denny Stadium during this winning streak, toppling the Tigers 30-16 in 2015 and 38-17 in 2013.

They’ll likely enter this game a three-touchdown favorite over LSU, which would be the biggest point spread in the game in more than a decade.

“Our mentality is we have to prepare the same way we’ve prepared for every game in this stretch,” F-back JD Moore said. “We’ve really emphasized having energy and focus, locked in from the very start to the very end. Got to approach the next two (weeks) with that focus.”

First, Moore and the Tigers get a break. LSU is scheduled to practice Tuesday through Thursday this week, spending Wednesday’s practice on the Tide, Orgeron said. The Tigers return from a two-day break Sunday.

“Celebrate this win and when Monday comes, got to start preparing for Bama,” cornerback Kevin Toliver said Orgeron told players after the Ole Miss win. “Got to go in there with a mindset that we’re unstoppable. We’re like a moving train. Just can’t be stopped.”