GameDay stops could include more Big Ten schools
With Monday’s announcement that the College GameDay crew will be in Texas for Wisconsin vs. Alabama and in Virginia on Labor Day for Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech to kick off the season, let’s take a look at which Big Ten games have the best chance to host ESPN’s kickoff show.
Oregon vs. Michigan State
No big deal, just a couple teams in the preseason top six playing their most important non-conference game of the year. Maybe an appearance from GameDay would get Michigan State’s attendance numbers in line with its fellow top 10 programs. LSU vs. Mississippi State might be the only threat to keep GameDay out of East Lansing.
Wisconsin vs. Nebraska
Ah, the flip phone vs. the iPhone. A battle between two that figure to be competing for the Big Ten West title would generate quite the buzz in Lincoln, home to the nation’s longest sellout streak. GameDay hasn’t been to Lincoln since 2007, though Husker fans know the spotlight hasn’t been kind in recent years.
Penn State vs. Ohio State
This one already has the 8 p.m. slot on ABC, so a Gameday host would be natural for the Big Ten East showdown. The only problem? The national schedule. Missouri vs. Georgia, Florida vs. LSU, Alabama vs. Texas A&M and USC vs. Notre Dame all highlight a loaded Week 7 of college football.
Michigan State at Michigan
Oh, and Jim Harbaugh’s first game against his intrastate rival happens to fall on that day, too.
Michigan State at Ohio State
What many will consider the Big Ten Championship could decide a College Football Playoff berth. This game is already circled on both teams’ calendars. It’d be tough to imagine Gameday holding off on a visit to Columbus this long, but it could easily happen.
Wisconsin at Minnesota
Talk about a loaded final week in the regular season. This matchup, like last year, could decide the Big Ten West winner. And why wouldn’t GameDay want to make its first ever trip to the Twin Cities in late November?
Ohio State at Michigan
The first of many, many showdowns between Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh is sure to have some momentum going in. If the Buckeyes are undefeated, the hype would be incredible in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately for this storied rivalry, the GameDay might not ever want to miss out on the Iron Bowl after Kick Six broke the internet two years ago.