ESPN announced Saturday that its "College Gameday" is coming back to Tuscaloosa before the LSU- Alabama game on November 4.

It will be the nationally televised show’s second visit to the Capstone this year. "Gameday" was here before Alabama’s only loss - to Texas on September 9.

"College Gameda" will broadcast on ESPN from 8 to 11 a.m. CT Saturday from the “Quad,” the historic quadrangle area where Denny Chimes overlooks the campus. Pre-game tailgating now centers on the Quad. The weekly “Elephant Stomp” featuring the pep squad of Alabama's Million Dollar Band is on the Quad on the steps of the Gorgas Library.

The game itself kicks off at 6:45 p.m. CT on CBS.

The match could serve as a play-in game for the SEC championship game, as the winner appears on track to win the SEC West and head for Atlanta on December 2 to face the Eastern Division champion, where Georgia is leading and favored.

Alabama, at 7-1 overall, is perfect in SEC play. LSU is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. Should LSU prevail, a tiebreaker would belong to the Tigers.

By running the table, either team could win the West.

In the past four meetings, Alabama and LSU have split two to two. The Tide have won 10 of the last 12 matchups against the Tigers.

The "Gameday" broadcast will include a popular Tuscaloosa area eatery to be announced.

Jim Zeigler is former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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