LSU and Alabama will kickoff at 7 p.m. on CBS, landing the network's only prime-time regular-season time slot of the season — again.
The 19th-ranked Tigers (5-2, 3-1) and top-ranked Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) meet Nov. 5 in Tiger Stadium to renew what's been one of the most highly touted yearly matchups in college football. Alabama has won five straight games in the series, dating to LSU's 9-6 overtime win in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2011.
The network began its day-night doubleheader that season, adding the late kickoff for this game. This will be the sixth straight year CBS has aired LSU-Bama in that time slot and the 10th straight year the network has aired the game overall.
Florida and Arkansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. in the day portion of the doubleheader.
Alabama and coach Nick Saban have won 20 straight games, dating to a loss against Ole Miss last season. The Tide went on to win the Southeastern Conference and the national championship in 2015 before opening this year with a bang. They've won all but one of their eight games by 19 points. They beat Ole Miss 48-43 in Game 3.
LSU has won three straight games by a combined 87 points since university leaders fired Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, promoting Ed Orgeron and Steve Ensminger. The Tigers beat Ole Miss 38-21 behind a school-record 284 yards from running back Leonard Fournette on Saturday. Fournette won Offensive Player of the Week in the SEC, and center Ethan Pocic was named Offensive Lineman of the Week.
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Thoughts turned to the Tide quickly after the win over the Rebels.
Bama has beaten the Tigers by a combined 35 points in two meeting at Bryant-Denny Stadium during this winning streak over LSU. The Tide has won by a combined 11 points in two games in Baton Rouge, needing a late score in both contests to win.
Bama toppled LSU last season 30-16, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season, a defeat that spiraled into a three-game losing streak.
"Alabama last year," Pocic started, "Y’all know it: They beat us, flat out beat us. No excuses, none of that. It’s a new season. I’ve never beat Bama, so I’m looking forward to it."
LSU defenders are anticipating "tricky" Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, outside linebacker Arden Key said.
"They’ll try to trick you. Lane Kiffin is a good coordinator," Key said. "He’ll run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, come back with a reverse, come back with a pass. He’ll have you on your toes thinking."
White named Thorpe Award semifinalist
LSU senior cornerback Tre' Davious White has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, the organization announced Monday morning.
The award goes to the nation’s top defensive back.
Whittled down from a preseason watch list of 39 in July, White is one of 16 players named a semifinalist. The Shreveport native has started all seven games for the Tigers this season, tying for the team lead with two interceptions. He’s started 42 games in his career.
The Thorpe Award is named after Jim Thorpe and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City. The three Thorpe Award finalists will be named Nov. 21, and the winner will be announced at the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8 airing on ESPN.