BATON ROUGE -- On Monday, the Southeastern Conference announced that LSU's Oct. 1 matchup against Kentucky will kickoff at 11:20 a.m. CT in Tiger Stadium on the SEC Network.
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Due to CBS's exclusive windows for both the 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. time slots on this date, the only available start time for the other television networks was prior to noon CT.
This will mark the first time since Sept. 30, 2006, that LSU plays host to a conference opponent in this time slot. In 2008, LSU faced Appalachian State at 10 a.m. CT due to the threat of Hurricane Gustav.
For the Record
All LSU football games are scheduled to kick off at night, a tradition for Tiger football. But television contracts often require LSU to move game times.
As a member of the Southeastern Conference, LSU must abide by television contracts negotiated by the SEC. LSU does not request to move games to the daytime and it cannot refuse to move games to the daytime if requested to do so.
In the case of the LSU game vs. Kentucky on October 1, CBS will air a doubleheader (one in the afternoon and one at night) on that date and CBS's contract with the SEC stipulates that no other network can show a game that originates from an SEC stadium during the time that a CBS game is on the air on that date. Because CBS did not choose to televise the LSU-Kentucky game, it will kick off at 11:20 a.m. on the SEC Network.