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Ole Miss Saved from a Night in Death Valley by CBS

Mike DockeryCorrespondent INovember 13, 2008

Hotty Toddy, not a Nighty!

For the third time this season, CBS has denied the LSU Tigers the chance to play in the environment in which they thrive: at night in Death Valley. CBS announced this week that the Nov. 22 matchup between the LSU Tigers and the Ole Miss Rebels will kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

Afternoon home games haven’t been good to the Tigers this year; both of LSU’s home losses this season came following a CBS-dictated 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

Like vampires in an Anne Rice novel, Baton Rogue just isn’t as intimidating while the sun is still out. Since 1960, LSU is 20–22–3 (.476) in day games at Tiger Stadium.

It's night in the bayou that strikes Southern-Gothic terror: since 1960, LSU is 201–59–3 (.773) at night in Tiger Stadium. In fact, LSU has not lost a Saturday night game in Death Valley since the 2002 season.

The Rebels will head to Baton Rogue looking to break a six-game losing streak to the Tigers. The early kickoff may be an omen: the Alabama Crimson Tide broke a five-game losing streak last Saturday, following a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

LSU leads Ole Miss in the series 55-37-4. However, if the Rebels could pull out a win this season, they can claim a 1-0 lead in the history of the "Magnolia Bowl,” as the traditional LSU—Ole Miss rivalry was rebranded this year.

*Main photo courtesy of Chris Graythen/Getty Images

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