LSU-Alabama in prime time? A local website says it could happen.
WAFB.com reported Friday afternoon that the Nov. 5 LSU-Alabama game may be shown in prime time by CBS.
The report said moving the game from 2:30 p.m. to prime time was even “likely,” but that it was contingent on LSU beating Auburn and Alabama defeating Tennessee on Saturday.
LSU senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent said he spoke to Southeastern Conference spokesman Charles Bloom about the possibility. Vincent said the decision whether to show the game in prime time on CBS or not is an issue between the conference and its network TV partners, CBS and ESPN.
The Advocate contacted CBS Sports spokesman Dan Sabreen on Friday afternoon regarding the game, but he could not immediately provide comment.
Traditionally, CBS shows just one prime-time game per year. The network already used its prime-time slot on the Oct. 1 Alabama-Florida game.
The game has not yet been officially selected by CBS, but would likely be picked no later than Monday.
The appeal of showing undefeated LSU vs. unbeaten Alabama in prime time is obvious. Both teams would be 8-0 and are currently ranked 1-2 in the BCS standings and The Associated Press poll.
If the rankings hold up, it would be the first 1 vs. 2 regular-season matchup in LSU football history.
CBS will show the LSU-Auburn game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from Tiger Stadium. It will be LSU’s third straight game on CBS.