Monday, September 22, 2008
ESPN moved Gameday from Arizona State to Auburn this past weekend and don't be surprised if ESPN sets up "Gameday" shop in the South for most of the season. The conference currently has six teams in the Top 25 and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution now says that ESPN is going back into the state of Georgia for Week Five....
ESPN’s popular College GameDay show will air from Athens on Saturday morning, an ESPN spokesman said today.I understand that the SEC is the cream of the crop, but let's vary it up some shall we? Four of the Five destinations for the show so far have involved SEC teams and if you look ahead to week six and seven, there's really only two matchups worth highlighting and one of those is Auburn at Vandy. With LSU-Florida in week seven, ESPN might as well set up shop in the South until the Missouri-Texas game during week eight.
The two-hour college-football pregame show — with host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard — travels around the country, giving a sort of signature to each week’s Big Game.
And Georgia-Alabama in Sanford Stadium on Saturday is big.
Both teams are unbeaten (4-0), and both are ranked in the nation’s top 10.
Georgia, which defeated Arizona State 27-10 Saturday night, is No. 3 in both the Associated Press media poll and the USA Today coaches’ poll. Alabama, which beat Arkansas 49-14 Saturday, is No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the coaches’ poll.
ESPN spokesman Michael Humes said Sunday afternoon that details aren’t available yet about where on the Georgia campus the GameDay set will be located. There are some logistical issues to be worked out. ESPN likes to have the stadium as the backdrop for its set. But ongoing building construction around Sanford Stadium makes that almost out of the question.
‘GameDay’ picks UGA-Bama (AJC)