Alabama and LSU are set for another nationally televised prime-time duel.
The No. 16-ranked 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 marks the fourth straight year that CBS will show the LSU-Alabama game in prime time and the eighth straight year CBS will show the game overall. The network added a second prime-time slot for this game in 2011 when No. 1 LSU won 9-6 at No. 2 Alabama in overtime in what was billed as “The Game of the Century.”
Coach Les Miles’ Tigers are fresh off of a 10-7 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 Ole Miss on Oct. 4, winning 34-20 Saturday at Tennessee.
Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) and LSU (7-2, 3-2) each have byes this week before clashing in Tiger Stadium.
The selection by CBS means all 10 of LSU’s games to start the season will be night kickoffs.
The program had never played more than nine night games in a season. The Tigers will have at least one more, playing at 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 27) at Texas A&M on ESPN.
A time for LSU’s Nov. 15 game at Arkansas has not been scheduled.
The Tigers have lost three straight to coach Nick Saban and the Tide, counting the 21-0 debacle in January 2012 in the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.
‘SEC Nation’ in BR
“SEC Nation,” the SEC Network’s live pregame show airing Saturday mornings, will originate from Baton Rouge on Nov. 8 ahead of the Tigers’ game against Alabama, the school announced Monday.
The show will air live on SEC Network from 9-11 a.m. from Lot 106 on the LSU campus, just west of the Carl Maddox Field House off of Nicholson Drive.
In its inaugural season, ESPN and SEC Network officials have said the show would make a point of visiting each SEC campus. This will be the first broadcast for “SEC Nation” from LSU.
The cast of the show includes anchor Joe Tessitore, former LSU and Southern Lab standout Marcus Spears, ex-Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, radio personality Paul Finebaum and reporter Kaylee Hartung, also a Baton Rouge native.
ESPN’s “College GameDay” show visited LSU last weekend for the Ole Miss game.
Also, ESPN’s “SVP & Russillo” radio show will be broadcast from the LSU Parade Grounds from noon-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.
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.
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.
Former Tigers Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne won the award in 2010 and 2011,
The Miles family will have a private ceremony in Baton Rouge for Martha Miles, Les Miles’ mother, who died Friday at the age of 91. No more details will be released on the ceremony, a team spokesman said. ... Linebacker Kendell Beckwith (Defensive Player of the Week) and running back Leonard Fournette (Freshman of the Week) were honored by the SEC on Monday. Beckwith set a career high with 10 tackles Saturday, and Fournette had 113 rushing yards among his 211 all-purpose yards.