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Game time, TV channel set for early-season showdown between Texas, LSU

The Longhorns and Tigers are officially scheduled for a Saturday night showdown.

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The burnt orange nation can officially mark its calendars and appropriately plan for Saturday, Sept. 7, as the game time and television schedule for the highly-anticipated, early-season showdown between the Texas Longhorns and LSU Tigers has been set for 6:30 p.m. Central, to be televised on ABC.

According to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman, the Texas-LSU game is “a likely candidate” for ESPN’s College GameDay.

Texas is currently considered to be a heavy underdog against LSU, which, per ESPN’s preseason FPI projections, ranks No. 4 nationally, trailing only Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia.

“The combined strength of LSU’s offense and defense, which both rank in the top 10 according to that metric, also slots the Tigers at No. 4,” BON’s Wescott Eberts wrote. “So while a game against an offense led by Big Ten castoff Joe Burrow might not seem that intimidating, there’s plenty of production returning to aid Burrow and an elite defense to back him up.”

The Longhorns and Tigers are each expected to enter the showdown ranked, likely among the top 10 nationally.

The Sept. 7 showdown on ABC will mark the 18th all-time meeting between the two storied programs, but the first since 2003 when Mack Brown’s Longhorns topped Nick Saban’s Tigers in the Cotton Bowl, 35-20. Texas owns the all-time series edge, 9-7-1.