Getting the opportunity to host ESPN’s College GameDay is a special treat, but these four B1G schools have yet to do so.
The popular pregame show traditionally broadcasts from the campus of one of the weekends top games of the week. Sometimes that game is at a neutral site, but there is really no substitute for a college campus atmosphere. This week, GameDay is headed to Ames, Iowa for the Cy-Hawk rivalry between Iowa and Iowa State.
Unfortunately, there are 10 Power 5 schools that have yet to host GameDay since it’s inception. Pat Forde with Yahoo! Sports compiled the list, and four B1G schools have yet to host: Minnesota, Maryland, Illinois, and Rutgers.
Of course, it is always fun to dream about when these schools may get the chance to host GameDay, so Forde put in some predictions. If everything falls just right, here are when these four schools could get their first host opportunity:
- Maryland – Nov. 2 vs Michigan
- Minnesota – Oct. 5 vs Illinois
- Illinois – Oct. 12 vs Michigan
- Rutgers – See Below
Unfortunately, it’s hard to envision GameDay heading to Rutgers anytime soon. Here’s Forde’s explanation:
(Rutgers) might have been a gimmick choice for “GameDay” on Nov. 2, four days before the 150th anniversary of the first football game ever played — Rutgers 6, Princeton 4, in 1869. But the Scarlet Knights can’t even get that right, playing on the road Nov. 2 at Illinois. Closest home game in proximity is Oct. 26 when Liberty comes to the fabled banks of the Rarity. And a Liberty-Rutgers GameDay is only conceivable to Hugh Freeze.
Which of these campuses would you like to see GameDay visit first?