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Tide-LSU may be moving to primetime

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The epicenter of college football will shift to Tuscaloosa Nov. 5 for the showdown between top-ranked LSU and No. 2 Alabama, provided both teams take care of business this weekend of course.

A game that would be dripping with SEC and national title implications deserves a slot in primetime, with little distraction from less meaningful games (too much?).

Unfortunately, the game is currently scheduled for a 3:30 ET kickoff.  Fortunately for any fan of college football, that could change.

Chatter we’ve received in recent days has indicated that the game could be shifted from the afternoon to the evening.  WAFB-TV, the Baton Rouge CBS affiliate, takes the speculation a step further, reporting Friday afternoon that their network will likely move the game and turn it into a primetime kickoff.

The station writes that “the possible move is contingent on both LSU and Alabama winning their games this Saturday” against Auburn and Tennessee, respectively.

An LSU official told the Baton Rouge Advocate that they have been in contact with the SEC about the possibility of switching to a nighttime kickoff.  The issue, though, is between a pair of networks.

CBS is permitted by contract to show just one night game per season, and the network opted to show the Oct. 1 Alabama-Florida game in primetime.  In order to move the Alabama-LSU, CBS would need to work out some type of deal with ESPN, another of the conference’s broadcast partners.  Such a deal could consist of ESPN allowing CBS to move the game to primetime in exchange for “considerations” on next year’s slate of SEC games.

It’s unclear when a decision will be made; both schools have a bye next weekend, giving the two broadcast entities plenty of time to work something out that’s satisfactory to both parties.  And is good for the fans of college football.

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18 Responses to “Tide-LSU may be moving to primetime”
  1. trbowman says: Oct 21, 2011 8:59 PM

    I hope it’s at 3:30, actually

  2. trbowman says: Oct 21, 2011 8:59 PM

    So Matt Simms goes from facing LSU, to Alabama? lol

  3. deadeye says: Oct 21, 2011 9:02 PM

    This game deserves prime time coverage since it’s a play-in for the national championship game.

  4. freidasboss says: Oct 21, 2011 9:05 PM

    Death valley would be at LSU. The game is at Bama.

  5. John Taylor says: Oct 21, 2011 9:08 PM

    A wee bit of a brain fart. Fixed.

  6. southernpatriots says: Oct 21, 2011 9:16 PM

    We are more than disgusted with tv morons that change traditional games from night to afternoon for their convenience to keep from pre-empting stupid sitcoms and similar evening programming. This started years ago and it is disgusting to traditional college football fans to this day. Play the game at night, that is how it should be played, not the afternoon. Especially a game as important as this game.

    We are encouraging the LSU AAD in charge of scheduling to schedule Michigan home on home (The Big House and Deaf/Death Valley) written into the contract that is guaranteed at night at both stadiums so tv netwits can’t change it to afternoon.

    Take care care of business first with Auburn and then with Alabama in a couple more weeks.

    Geaux Tigers! Allons les Tigres!

  7. rendadoll says: Oct 21, 2011 9:27 PM

    Personally I don’t care if the game is at 3:30 or 10 am, or primetime…. It is going to be a great game at anytime of the day.

  8. dickroy says: Oct 21, 2011 9:28 PM

    This game should be a prime time game for sure.

  9. burntorangehorn says: Oct 21, 2011 11:04 PM

    Why do people like “prime time” games so much? “Prime time” is only really a good thing during the week, I think, because those are nights to stay in, watch the game, etc. I’d much rather watch the best football games during the day on weekends, then go do the social things later that night.

  10. John Taylor says: Oct 21, 2011 11:08 PM

    @burntorangehorn: Speaking only for myself, I have no life on the weekends in-season, therefore I love Saturday football from noon until well after midnight.

  11. tigersgeaux says: Oct 21, 2011 11:32 PM

    There is no experience in football like a night game at Death Valley LSU. The Earthquake Game in 1988 against Auburn with only 79,000 fans at capacity in Tiger Stadium set off seimographs.

    Now with 94,000 there may be another earthquake in Death Valley this year. We know how incomparable an experience at LSU at night but at Jordan-Hare? It may be similar, we don’t know but the fans ought to get a chance at it. Prime Time! yeah!

  12. deadeye says: Oct 22, 2011 11:31 AM

    “Why do people like “prime time” games so much? “Prime time” is only really a good thing during the week, I think, because those are nights to stay in, watch the game, etc. I’d much rather watch the best football games during the day on weekends, then go do the social things later that night.”


    burntorangehorn, my guess is this a generational preference. Younger fans socialize and party on the weekends, so a day game is best for them. Older fans have to do chores on the weekend, and possibly even work some overtime. Thus evenings are the better viewing time for them.

  13. atl14dat says: Oct 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    If you consider your Social Schedule as being “crimped” by Prime Time Saturday games, or consider it an “inconvenience” that you and your significant other are going to have to choose between a Night Out vs Prime Time Game of the year, just consider yourself nothing more than a Casual football fan at heart.

    Night Time is the Only Time this game should be played.

    Kudos to CBS and ESPN for coming to that realization and placing this game where it should rightly be.

  14. southernpatriots says: Oct 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    deadeye: That is the best explanation we ever heard. It sure makes all the sense in the world, to us, who are of the latter…ha.

  15. Deb says: Oct 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    I agree with alt14dat. It’s not even a discussion for real football fans, and if it’s a problem for you–why are you here? I’ve never lasted long with a guy who didn’t understand gamedays anyway.

    @southernpatriots …

    Hello … miss you all. I’ve recovered from major cancer surgeries in less time than it’s taking to recover from this computer catastrophe. Good grief … 😦

  16. southernpatriots says: Oct 22, 2011 6:51 PM

    Deb: Watching the final minutes of the Tiger Bowl. LSU scored 24 points in 2 minutes 14 seconds…

    When computers first were introduced for small business and home use, an IBM salesman came by my brother’s office. The salesman told my brother that this new IBM computer system would greatly reduce paperwork, would eliminate costs of paper and printing and would save much in file folders and file cabinets that it would pay for itself within 1 year. After a few years, my brother looked around and found he had purchased an additional 4 file cabinets, hundreds of new hanging file folders and file folders, hired 2 additional people, all to handle the new paperwork generated by the computer system. He called IBM and the salesman no longe worked there. He told them it was false advertising or something and that he wasn’t happy. They all laughed, but there was alot of truth in it.

    We had predicted 40 – 10 LSU and Zach Mettenberger is finally in the game for the final plays. Final score 45 -10. The fans are chanting, “We want Bama! We want Bama!” Well, that is next.

  17. Deb says: Oct 22, 2011 11:02 PM

    I may be residing in some loony bin by the time that game rolls around. Thanks much for taking it to Auburn. Can’t say I really watched it, but it was on and I enjoyed what I heard :) Enjoyed hearing Bama win as well. Now I’m enjoying hearing Tubby trouble the Sooners … though I doubt he’ll trouble them much in the end.

    Once I can get everything humming on the new computer all will be well. But I’ve been under the weather this week and the tedious tasks of trying to recover and restore data, learn new systems, etc.–plus the unplanned expense of all this … ugh.

  18. southernpatriots says: Oct 23, 2011 5:51 AM

    Deb: You in the loony bin…where are we going to be? You are blessed to be a little isolated from Fan Central in Tuscaloosa, we are right in the middle of it here. It is getting crazy…..aaaarrrghh. Let us get off this subject..

    Tubby not only troubled the Sooners, but suprise, surprise, suprise, Tubby beat them! Tubby knew he did not a defense against the Sooners, so as a good coach, he formulated a great game plan with the personnel he had. He knew he would just have to out offense them, so he hit the field running by piling up all the points his team could muster. It was enough, barely enough, but what counts is that it was enough. Texas Tech beats the mighty invincible Oklahoma! Wow! The Red Raiders are on top of the world (and they should be!)

    Our heart goes out to you as do our thoughts and prayers. That is never an easy thing to go through. Learning new systems is always a pain and the older you get the bigger the pain they become. That kind of tension and pressure is not good for your health.

    Many years ago our beloved late father introduced us to a book by a medical doctor, a friend of his, entitled “None of These Diseases” by S.I. McMillen. If you don’t have it, try to pick up a copy on eBay or Amazon. It is a smaller paperback and is an eye opening read from a medical doctor and his observations with his patients over many years.

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