Mississippi State game to air on JP

LSU's football game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Tiger Stadium has been moved to 11:30 a.m. to accommodate Jefferson Pilot Television, the Southeastern Conference announced on Monday.

The LSU-Mississippi State contest will mark the first time in which the Tigers have played a home game on Jefferson Pilot since 1997.


LSU ticket manager Brian Broussard said that only about 400 tickets remain for the Mississippi State contest. Last year, LSU posted a 42-0 win over the Bulldogs in Starkville.


CBS has exercised its six-day option and will wait until next Monday to decide between the Florida-Kentucky game or the Alabama-Arkansas contest. ESPN will take the game that CBS passes on, while ESPN2 has selected the Syracuse at Auburn contest.


According to SEC Executive Associate Commissioner Mark Womack, CBS gets the first choice each week, followed by ESPN, Jefferson Pilot and then ESPN2. By SEC contract, Jefferson Pilot must take a game involving two SEC teams if it's available.


After CBS and ESPN narrowed their choices to either Florida-Kentucky or Alabama-Arkansas on Sept. 28, that left the LSU-Mississippi State game and the Vanderbilt-South Carolina contest as the only games involving two league teams remaining. Vanderbilt is appearing on Jefferson Pilot for the second straight week on Saturday against Ole Miss and would have been on a third consecutive week had JP chosen the Commodores for their Sept. 28 contest against South Carolina. As a result, the LSU-Mississippi State contest was the only contest remaining for JP to select. 


Other games involving SEC teams on Sept. 28 are Tennessee hosting Rutgers and New Mexico State at Georgia. Ole Miss is open that week.

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