BATON ROUGE -- On Saturday, Aug. 30, LSU will open the 2008 football season on national television as the Tigers host Appalachian State in a game televised by ESPN, the Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday.
Kickoff for the LSU-Appalachian State game is set for 4 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
The Appalachian State game marks the fourth time in five years that LSU opens its season on ESPN. Last year, the Tigers posted a 45-0 road win over Mississippi State in a Thursday night ESPN telecast.
The game between LSU and Appalachian State represents the first time that a defending champion from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) will meet the defending champion from the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) in the season-opener the following year.
LSU won the 2007 BCS National Championship with a 38-24 win over Ohio State, while Appalachian State capped its 2007 playoff run with a 49-21 victory over Delaware in the Football Championship Subdivision title game.
The season-opener against the Mountaineers will mark the second meeting between the two schools as the Tigers posted a 24-0 win over Appalachian State during the 2005 season.
The only other LSU football game currently scheduled for television is the Nov. 28 contest against Arkansas in Little Rock. That game will be televised by CBS on Friday afternoon at 1:30.