ESPN didn't want to lose a chance to show off Leonard Fournette.
The Worldwide Leader shuffled six college football games in its lineup to keep LSU-South Carolina on its flagship network. The SEC announced Wednesday the game would remain on ESPN despite its time change from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LSU-USC replaced Minnesota-Purdue in that time slot.
The TV broadcast for Saturday's relocated game was a point of contention during the rescheduling process. LSU wanted a later kickoff once it was decided the game would be played in Baton Rouge to ensure more fans were able to attend.
CBS holds exclusive rights to SEC games in that 2:30 p.m. window though. LSU AD Joe Alleva said Wednesday that "concessions" had to be made to secure the ESPN broadcast at that time.
Whatever those were, CBS agreed to let ESPN carry the LSU-USC game during its prime spot.