LSU-Georgia gets the CBS prime treatment

semerson@macon.comSeptember 16, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia will once again have a marquee spot on a college football Saturday, this time when LSU visits on Sept. 28.

CBS has selected the LSU-Georgia game for its featured broadcast that day, and the game will kick off shortly after 3:30 p.m.

The fast start by Ole Miss, which just won at Texas, increased the chances that CBS might want the Rebels' visit to No. 1 Alabama. But the network evidently preferred what seems likely to be a matchup of top-10 teams, as well as the return of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger to Athens.

Mettenberger was dismissed from Georgia before the 2010 season. He transferred to a junior college and then LSU, where he is currently in his second year as the starter.

LSU is currently ranked No. 6 in the AP poll (and No. 7 in the coaches poll) and hosts Auburn on Saturday. Georgia is No. 9 in the AP poll (and a spot lower in the coaches poll) and hosts North Texas on Saturday.

This figures to be the third time already this season that Georgia faces a team ranked in the top 10 nationally. Clemson was No. 8 when it beat Georgia to open the season, and South Carolina was No. 6 when it fell to the Bulldogs a week later.

It will be Georgia's first meeting with LSU in the regular season since 2009, which was also on CBS. The Tigers won that game, 20-13. The teams also met in the 2011 SEC championship, won by LSU 42-10.

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