Alabama, Arkansas Selected By CBS

College football in general and Southeastern Conference football in particular are at the whim of television. As an observer noted several years ago, if television told a college football team to play a game on a battleship in the middle of the ocean at 2 a.m., it would be just too bad for those fans who like to see the game in person. But sometimes it works out well.

That is the case in the television schedule announced Monday for games a week from Saturday, on September 24. The SEC announced Monday that the Alabama game against Arkansas from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT and nationally televised by CBS.

This will be the third consecutive season the game between the Crimson Tide and the Razorbacks has been selected by CBS. Alabama has won the two previous meetings, 35-7 in 2009 in Tuscaloosa and 24-20 last year in Fayetteville.

Last year Robert Lester earned national back of the week honors as he turned in seven tackles and two interceptions to key the Tide's comeback win. His second interception was returned 33 yards to set up Alabama's go-ahead touchdown in the come-from-behind win.

The September 24 game will be the SEC opener for both Bama and Arkansas.

Alabama is 2-0 and will host North Texas this week at 6:30 p.m. CDT Saturday. Fox Sports will televise the game.

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