BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football season is once again upon us, and the question we hear most frequently is “What is the kickoff time for each game?”
Today all college football game times are determined by the television timeslots that have been selected for the team. The selection process usually occurs week to week and sometimes as far out as three weeks at the beginning of the season.
For the 2021 LSU football season, here are the first three weeks of the season, which have been finalized.
- September 4th @ UCLA 7:30 p.m. Fox
- September 11th McNeese 7:00 p.m. SEC
- September 18th Central Michigan 6:30 p.m. SEC
So that is a good start to plan out the first three weeks of your LSU football season, but what about the rest of the games? WGNO will do our best to help predict each kickoff time for the rest of the season based on years of experience in watching television networks select games each week.
- September 25th @ Mississippi State 6:00 p.m.
This is just about the most difficult of the slate to pick because the potential games for CBS are Tennessee vs. Florida and Kentucky vs. South Carolina.
These aren’t exceptional games and are only slightly more attractive than LSU vs. Mississippi State. Although the State game could sneak into the 2:30 p.m. timeslot, we think Tennessee vs. Florida will be the pick for the premier game of the week.
- October 2nd Auburn 6:00 p.m.
Ole Miss vs. Alabama will be just too sexy for CBS to pass up. So, the bet here is CBS, as they did last year, will grab the Bama-Ole Miss game for the 2:30 p.m. timeslot which will leave LSU to play Auburn at night in Tiger Stadium on ESPN.
- October 9th @ Kentucky 11:00 a.m.
CBS will grab the much-anticipated matchup between Alabama and Texas A&M in College Station. With Georgia vs. Auburn also on this weekend, this pushes the LSU vs. Kentucky game into a fringe timeslot.
- October 16th Florida 2:30 p.m.
Sorry folks don’t shoot the messenger. The only other nice matchup this weekend is Ole Miss vs. Tennessee and that is no match for Florida heading to Baton Rouge for a possible showdown between two undefeated teams. So, get out your hats and sunscreen because it’s going to be a scorcher in Tiger Stadium.
- October 23rd @ Ole Miss 6:00 p.m.
The traditional Tennessee vs. Alabama game is on this same day, so LSU vs. Ole Miss would fit nicely into an evening time slot on ESPN or the SEC Network.
- November 6th @ Alabama 7:00 p.m.
This game has been CBS’s primetime pick for a while now and this year should be no different. Auburn vs. Texas A&M is the game that will fill the 2:30 p.m. timeslot or possibly Missouri vs. Georgia depending on how these four teams are ranked at this point in the season.
- November 13th Arkansas 11:00 a.m.
This home LSU home game is at high risk of being an 11:00 a.m. game on the SEC Network. Tough competition for a better TV slot with Mississippi St. vs. Auburn, Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss, South Carolina vs. Missouri, and Georgia vs. Tennessee all occurring on this Saturday. Our guess? Georgia vs. Tennessee will fill the 2:30 p.m. CBS slot, Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss gets the 6:00 p.m. ESPN slot, and the rest of these games fill in leaving LSU with the dreaded 11:00 a.m. kickoff at home.
- November 20th Louisiana-Monroe 6:30 p.m.
There are a lot of bad games this Saturday in November, so LSU should be able to keep this one at night. Florida vs. Missouri and Auburn vs. South Carolina are the only top-level games this week and CBS will ultimately pick the game that would be most competitive.
- November 27th Texas A&M 6:00 p.m.
This game has been safe at night through the years because of Alabama vs. Auburn being a CBS mainstay at 2:30 p.m. However, this year could be different. If LSU and Texas A&M bring in high rankings, SEC championship game implications, and Auburn fizzles under its new head coach this could be the year CBS grabs this game for 2:30 p.m. For now, we are sticking with a night game, but be warned this one could kickoff at 2:30 p.m. on CBS.