A potential No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup proved too tempting for CBS to pass up.

The network announced Monday its intention to televise the Nov. 9 Alabama-LSU football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Both teams have games this Saturday — top-ranked Alabama is at home against Arkansas for homecoming, while No. 2 LSU plays Auburn in Baton Rouge — followed by bye weeks on Nov. 2.

But regardless of the outcome of those games, the Alabama-LSU matchup is likely to have implications in who wins the SEC West division and who will contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

The game is a sellout, but online brokers are offering tickets starting at $300 per seat.

The Alabama-LSU game historically has been a ratings bonanza for the network and has been televised in prime time each year from 2011 through 2018. Last year's game was the third-most watched regular season college football game of the season, drawing 11.54 million viewers. Then-No. 1 ranked Alabama won that game over No. 3-ranked LSU at Tiger Stadium 29-0. 

CBS couldn't choose this year's game for a nighttime kickoff because its contract with the SEC allows only one prime time game per season. CBS already used up that allotment by choosing to televise the Sept. 21 Georgia-Notre Dame at night.

Interest in the Alabama-LSU series heightened after Nick Saban, who coached at LSU from 2000-04, joined the Crimson Tide in 2007. In 2011, the two teams met in the "Game of the Century" in a prime time game in Tuscaloosa. Then-No. 1-ranked LSU won the game over the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide 9-6 in overtime.  

Around 20 million viewers watched the 2011 game on CBS.

Later that season, Alabama and LSU met in the national championship game at the Superdome in New Orleans with the Tide winning 21-0.