The network apparently wanted to make sure Bama got by Southern Mississippi this weekend before agreeing to televise the Tide-UT game. CBS announced the decision shortly after Bama concluded a 27-3 defeat of the previously unbeaten USM squad.
Tennessee appeared on CBS earlier this season, beating Florida 30-28. The Vols are 29-19 all-time in games televised by the network.
Tennessee beat Alabama 51-43 in five overtimes last fall at Tuscaloosa, bumping Phillip Fulmer's record against the Tide to 9-2.