DESTIN, Fla. — CBS took a look at the LSU-Alabama game this year and decided to punt.
The network released a limited schedule of games Wednesday for the 2019 season, including the date of its annual day-night doubleheader.
This year, that will be Sept. 21. LSU plays at Alabama on Nov. 9.
Though CBS could technically select the Tigers-Crimson Tide clash for prime time later, as is it did in 2011, it is the first time since 2012 the network has not set its day-night doubleheader for the date of the LSU-Alabama game.
LSU plays at Vanderbilt on Sept. 21. Prominent games on that date are Tennessee at Florida, Notre Dame at Georgia and Auburn at Texas A&M.
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Alabama has beaten LSU eight straight times since the No. 1-ranked Tigers beat No. 2 Alabama 9-6 in overtime in Tuscaloosa, in what was billed as the “Game of the Century.”
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Asked about CBS’s decision, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said: “I have enough things to worry about other than what time it’s schedule. We’ve just got to play them.”
The past four years, Alabama has beaten LSU by an average of 16.8 points per game, including a 29-0 victory in Tiger Stadium in 2018, 10-0 in Orgeron’s first season in 2016 and 24-10 in 2017.
“We did not play well against them last year,” Orgeron said. “To say we’re close, not according to last year. The other two years we were, but close is not good enough.”
LSU’s only game currently set for TV is Sept. 7 at Texas. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. on ABC.
CBS's SEC schedule begins Sept. 14 with Alabama at South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. CDT. The Network also will show Georgia vs. Florida on Nov. 2, an 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. doubleheader on Nov. 16, Missouri at Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m., and the SEC Championship Game at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in Atlanta.
CBS schedule highlights
Sept. 14 — Alabama at South Carolina, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 — SEC doubleheader, 2:30 and 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 — Georgia vs. Florida, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 — SEC doubleheader, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 — Missouri at Arkansas, 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 — SEC Championship Game, 3 p.m.
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