Tiger Stadium is set to host its most highly anticipated matchup of the year on Saturday. It’s never a dull affair when LSU and Tennessee get together, as previous contests between the two programs have shown us. They’re in very different places right now though, despite having similar records to start the season. The Tigers are in the first year of a rebuild. Meanwhile, the Volunteers are trying to build a program capable of contending for the SEC East.
This weekend’s contest will reveal which coach has a contending team and which has a pretending team. Oddsmakers have had Josh Heupel’s squad as the favorite all week, but not by much. The Bayou Bengals came within 2.5-points of the Volunteers on the spread a couple of days ago. Suffice it to say, few know what the outcome of this bout will be.
Will the Tigers be able to improve their win streak to five against Tennessee in Baton Rouge? Here is all of the information you need to know ahead of LSU’s Top 25 matchup with the Vols:
LSU Tigers vs. Tennessee Vols: Start time, live stream, TV info and more
Date: Saturday, October 8
Kickoff time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Stadium: Tiger Stadium
TV channels: ESPN
Live stream: fuboTV, Watch ESPN
Radio: ESPN Radio
Odds: Tennessee -3
It’s set to be a non-traditional early kickoff from Death Valley on Saturday. CBS decided that Auburn-Georgia and Texas A&M-Alabama would occupy its afternoon and night slots this week, which means that the ranked clash on the banks of the Mississippi River will trickle down to ESPN.
The atmosphere is expected to still be rocking down in the Bayou, despite the rare pre-noon kickoff taking place in Baton Rouge. It should come as no surprise to anybody that gates will open and alcohol sales will begin at 9 a.m. at Tiger Stadium. The sold-out stadium is going to create a crazy atmosphere to help earn their Fighting Tigers a victory.
Brian Kelly’s team has faced some tough tests early on. Florida State during Week 1, an opener against a surging Mississippi State and a trip to Auburn have all tested LSU thus far. However, this is an entirely different animal. The Vols are one of the best teams in the entire country. If the Tigers have as much talent as many believe they do, they must put it on display for the entire country to see on Saturday.
There is no better place for this matchup than the home of sports on television either. Tune into ESPN at 11 a.m. CT to listen to Bob Wischusen and Dan Orlovsky bring you every bit of Southeastern Conference action from Tiger Stadium.