LSU fields the best team in college football right now, but the school is powerless to protect one of the best traditions in the sport.
Tigers fans are outraged over the fact that there are no more night games this year in Baton Rouge. This will be the first time since Franklin D. Roosevelt was President in 1935 that LSU has not played a conference night home game, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva blamed television executives for the end of SEC football under the stars at home. He says because of the Tigers' success on the field, a penalty has been paid, as CBS gets to select match-ups and kickoff times for games. Even if it wanted to, the school can't decline an afternoon game.
"With success comes a price, and in this case the price is afternoon kickoffs instead of night football," Alleva said. "CBS will always take the game it deems to be the most interesting, and that will often involve teams that are playing at the highest level. LSU is ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings at this moment, and that puts Tiger
Stadium in the crosshairs of any TV network."
LSU (7-0) features the nation's 4th best scoring defense, allowing just 11.7 ppg, while putting up 38.4 ppg on offense, good for 20th, so far this season.
Coach Les Miles has done his best work under the stars, going 30-2 at Tiger Stadium since taking over the Louisiana football power. Overall LSU has a stunning 220-60-4 record in home night games.
LSU's last two conference home games will be afternoon battles against Auburn this Saturday and Nov. 25 against Arkansas.