AUBURN, Ala. –It took until the very end of the season, but Auburn will finally play on the SEC’s prime network platform in 2012.
CBS will televise the 77th Iron Bowl when Auburn visits No. 4 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, at 3:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 24, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Seven of the past 12 Iron Bowls have been decided by single digits. The Crimson Tide leads the series 41-34-1, winning three of the past four following the Tigers’ 6-game winning streak.
Three of Auburn’s final four SEC games in 2011 were televised by CBS, including Alabama’s 42-14 romp at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The other two games were big losses as well: 45-10 at LSU and 45-7 at Georgia. The Tigers did win 16-13 at South Carolina on CBS last year.
Georgia hosts Georgia Tech in its regular season finale Nov. 24 at noon EST, televised by ESPN.
Here’s the full TV and times schedule for the final weekend of the regular season (all times CT):
Friday, Nov. 23
LSU at Arkansas ~ 1:30 p.m. CBS
Saturday, Nov. 24
Georgia Tech at Georgia ~ 11 a.m. ESPN
Kentucky at Tennessee ~ 11:21 a.m. SEC Network
Auburn at Alabama ~ 2:30 p.m. CBS
Florida at Florida State ~ 2:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
Missouri at Texas A&M ~ 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
South Carolina at Clemson ~ 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Mississippi State at Ole Miss ~ 6 p.m. ESPNU
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest ~ TBD
Pay-per-view: This coming Saturday at 2 p.m., Auburn (2-8) hosts Alabama A&M — an FCS squad with a 7-3 record. The game will be
available on pay-per-view, costing $39.95 plus fees and taxes, to viewers in Alabama markets, which does include Columbus, Ga., customers.
Fans interested in ordering the game should be able to make the purchase through their on-screen guide, but are encouraged to call their cable, Dish Network or DirecTV provider with further questions.
National viewers will be able to watch the Alabama A&M-Auburn game — which will serve as the Tigers’ Senior Day — on ESPN3.com and ESPN GamePlan, available online.
Bring on the big boys: Auburn men’s basketball picked up its second and third verbal commits from the class of 2013 over the holidayweekend, adding a couple of big men for the future.
Seven-foot center Ronald Delph committed Sunday during his official visit, and 6-foot-11 forward-center Benas Griciunas followed up Monday a couple of weeks after his trip to campus.
Delph is playing this season at post-grad program IMG Academy, the previous source for current Tigers freshman point guard Brian Greene Jr.
Delph visited campus this past weekend and attended the Tigers’ season-opening victory over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne and Auburn’s football game against Georgia, reported by AUTigers.com. He plans to sign with Auburn when early signing period opens Wednesday.
Griciunas came to the United States three years ago from Lithuania, according to AUTigers.com, and now plays for Findlay Prep outside Las Vegas. He made his cross-country visit during the Texas A&M football weekend, which included the White-Blue scrimmage at Auburn Arena.
Auburn had previously picked up a commitment from point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen out of Decatur, Ga.
The Tigers (1-0) begin play at the Charleston Classic Thursday at 8 p.m. EST against Murray State.
Women’s basketball picks up weekly honor: Auburn junior Tyrese Tanner was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
Tanner, a Birmingham native, scored a career-high 26 points against North Carolina State in the Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational Championship Game.
She leads the Tigers (1-1) with 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and also has four steals and two blocks in two games.
Her 26 points, the most scored by a player in the SEC this season, were the most for a Tiger since Blanche Alverson scored 27 on Jan. 13, 2011.
She is also Auburn’s first SEC Player of the Week since Alverson won following that performance.
Auburn plays its home opener Thursday at 7 p.m. ET against Alabama State.
Tested in the west: The Auburn women’s soccer team won its first-ever NCAA tournament match in a road setting at Washington Saturday.
Sophomore Tori Ball had a goal and an assist in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory, ensuring a second straight trip to the NCAA second round.
Auburn (13-10-1) will stay out west to continue its tournament quest, taking on bracket No. 1 seed BYU (19-1-1) Thursday night in Provo, Utah.