AUBURN, Ala. — The Iron Bowl has been a staple in the afternoon slot on CBS in recent years. That won't be the case Nov. 29, as Auburn and Alabama will tussle in prime time.
The Southeastern Conference released the television schedule for the final two weeks of the season Monday, with the Iron Bowl set to kick off at 7:45 p.m. ET on Nov. 29. It will air on ESPN. Normally picked up by CBS as the SEC's marquee game of the week, the network could not contractually choose the Iron Bowl this year since Alabama had already appeared five times, the maximum allowed during the regular season. (The SEC championship game does not figure into this total.)
With the Iron Bowl heading to ESPN, CBS will air the Egg Bowl matchup between Ole Miss and Mississippi State on Nov. 29.
This year marks the first time the Iron Bowl has taken place at night since 2007. Last season's contest saw one of the most incredible endings in the history of sports, as Auburn cornerback Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards for the game-winning score, lifting the No. 4 Tigers to a 34-28 victory over the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Auburn went on to win the SEC championship game and come within 13 seconds of the BCS title, while Alabama fell to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
The Crimson Tide leads the all-time series 42-35-1, but the Tigers are 7-2 in games played in Bryant-Denny Stadium.