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Florida vs. LSU: Gators' trip to Baton Rouge set for CBS, 3:30 p.m. start in Tiger Stadium

Florida will play LSU in the CBS afternoon spotlight on October 12.

Chris Graythen

Florida's October 12 trip to LSU will culminate in a 3:30 p.m. game on CBS, the network announced on Monday. Here's the full press release:

CBS Sports has announced its SEC ON CBS football game for Saturday, Oct. 12 (3:30-7:00 PM, ET) will feature *No. 10-ranked LSU taking on *No. 18-ranked Florida. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the contest, along with reporter Tracy Wolfson from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Florida's frequently been in the spotlight in Baton Rouge — nine of the last 12 games between the Gators and Tigers have been aired by CBS, including every Florida-LSU in Baton Rouge — but those games have often kicked off at night, the preferred kickoff time for the legions of tailgating Tigers fans.

CBS had just one other logical option for its afternoon showcase on October 12, with Texas A&M traveling to Ole Miss, but the Rebels' shutout loss at Alabama this past Saturday likely ruled out that option.

Florida played memorable games against LSU at night in Baton Rouge in 2007 and 2009, with Tim Tebow's valiant effort in a loss against the eventual national champions and his return from a concussion suffered two weeks prior being the major notes from those games.

LSU hosted Florida in the afternoon of a brilliantly sunny day in 2011, and skunked the Gators — who started true freshman Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, thanks to injuries sustained by John Brantley and Jeff Driskel the previous week against Alabam — by a 41-11 score, with the Tigers (once again on their way to the national championship game) dominating throughout, and punter Brad Wing running for a touchdown that was called back for taunting.


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