The contest between No.1 Alabama and No.13 LSU is one of the biggest in the 2013 college football season. However, a number of fans won’t be able to see the game on TV.
A contract dispute has left some DISH Network subscribers without CBS, including customers in Mobile, Alabama. That’s a problem for fans who are supposed to get stations like WKRG in Mobile, which is scheduled to broadcast the game. The same problem existed two weeks ago when Alabama hosted Tennessee. DISH Network customers in eight markets, including Tennessee’s Tri-Cities area, could not get the matchup on local television.
As a result of the ongoing situation, CBS will allow subscribers to watch Alabama online for a second straight time. Cbssports.com will air a live stream of the game on Saturday night when the Crimson Tide host the Tigers in the critical SEC battle. The game, which will be streamed for free, can also be accessed through the WKRG website.
The dispute came to a head on Oct.1 when the CBS affiliates were simply blacked out or air other ran DISH Network programming. Less than three weeks later, the network decided to broadcast the Auburn-Texas A&M tilt online.
“CBS decides whether to stream the games online on a game-by-game basis. The station does not know until a few days in advance of each game,” Media General Spokeswoman Nancy Chafin said.
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Alabama look to win their third straight game in their rivalry with LSU. Since Nick Saban and Les Miles have been facing off, the Crimson Tide have won four out of seven.
Las Vegas Betting Odds: Alabama favored by 12.5 points
Over-Under: 55 points
Kickoff Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time
TV Channel: CBS
Online Stream: Cbssports.com
Prediction: Alabama 34, LSU 27