Alabama and LSU are set for another nationally televised primetime duel.
The No. 16 Tigers and No. 3 Crimson Tide will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 on CBS. The game is the late spot in the network’s doubleheader. It will televise Texas A&M at Auburn at 2:30 p.m.
This will be the 10th time LSU will play at night in 10 games this season. The program had never played more than nine night games in a season. LSU will have at least 11 night games this season. The Tigers are set to meet Texas A&M on Thanksgiving at 6:30 p.m. A time for the Arkansas game on Nov. 15 has not been scheduled.
Alabama (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern) and LSU (7-2, 3-2) each have byes this week before clashing in Tiger Stadium for the fourth straight year in CBS’ primetime slot.
The teams meet for the eighth straight season as ranked teams, but their run of playing while both are inside the top 10 will end. Their regular season showdown has been televised by CBS the last eight years, including 2011’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup coined “The Game of the Century.”
LSU’s No. 16 ranking is the worst in a game against Alabama in that eight-year span, and the Tigers have lost three straight to coach Nick Saban and the Tide, counting the 21-0 debacle in the BCS championship game in New Orleans.
Coach Les Miles’ bunch is fresh off of an upset of then-No. 3 Ole Miss, a third straight win for the Tigers since a 41-7 loss at Auburn. Alabama has won three straight as well following a 23-17 loss at
Martin a Jim Thorpe semifinalist
LSU safety Ronald Martin is one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s best defensive back.
A senior from White Castle, Martin leads LSU with seven pass breakups, is tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and ranks fourth on the squad with 48 tackles. Martin is also tied for the team lead with two interceptions, both of which have come in the fourth quarter of comeback wins for the Tigers.
Martin’s latest interception preserved the Tigers’ win over Ole Miss. He intercepted Bo Wallace at the LSU 2-yard line with two seconds remaining in the game.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association will announce three finalists for the award on Nov. 24, and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11 airing on ESPN.
Martin could become the third LSU player to win the award as Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne captured the award in 2010 and 2011,
Ole Miss on Oct. 4.
SEC Nation in BR
SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s pre-game show airing Saturday morning, will originate from Baton Rouge on Nov. 8 ahead of the Tigers’ game against Alabama, the school announced Monday.
LSU running back Terrence Magee suffered a cut on his eye and needed the support of a knee brace late in the win over Ole Miss, according to post-game comments from LSU tight end Logan Stokes.
Magee’s status is uncertain. LSU doesn’t have media availability with Miles until Tuesday night.
Trainers were seen tending to Magee on the sideline of Saturday’s game, and he didn’t play late in the Tigers’ win over the Rebels.
Martha Miles to have private ceremony
The Miles family will have a private ceremony in Baton Rouge for Martha Miles, Les Miles’ mother who died at the age of 91 Friday.
No more details will be released on the ceremony, a team spokesman said.