Excitement continues to build up as we are just a day away from perhaps the biggest showdown thus far in the Big Ten, when the Wisconsin Badgers come to Spartan Stadium to take on the Michigan State Spartans. If that wasn’t exciting enough, ESPN College GameDay adds to the euphoric atmosphere by making a stop in East Lansing for game day.
ESPN College GameDay isn’t short of big time sports personalities, as Erin Andrews, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, and the gang is sure to attract a large crowd wherever they go. As a matter of fact, College GameDay has been attracting huge crowds since its inception, and will continue to cause a huge ruckus from whichever campus they decide to invade.
“I actually camped out for GameDay back at Florida and I like to bring that up to these guys,” Erin Andrews said. “One day I’ll have the nerve to bring the photo of my freshmen year of me camping out for Florida-Tennessee.”
ESPN's Erin Andrews talked about attending College GameDay as a fan (Photo by: Jon Coffey/isportsweb.com)
Andrews continued to reminisce about camping out at GameDay sites. She went on to mention her memory of Corso putting on the Albert head (Florida’s Mascot) when she was at Florida.
“That looks like Barnum & Bailey’s circus over there, where are the lions and tigers?” Andrews joked looking over to the GameDay set. “Everybody gets so excited; we’ve got cookies with our faces on them. Everybody gets really jacked up that were here and it’s so exciting. I think the biggest reason why college football is so popular and you have guys that become superstars is because of this show.”
Andrews couldn’t be more right. To add to what should already be an electric atmosphere, with two top Big Ten teams squaring off, is the excitement of being named the site for ESPN College GameDay. When you’re picked for ESPN College GameDay that essentially means your game is viewed at as the best game of the day.
“This is the game you’ve been waiting for, it’s nationally televised, it’s primetime; all the attention is on Wisconsin and everybody wants to see if Russell Wilson and his team are legitimate,” Former Ohio State quarterback turned ESPN analysis, Kirk Herbstreit said. “So who would I give an advantage to? I don’t really know, because they’re both playing so well. I’m just looking forward to seeing how it plays out.”
Herbstreit may be smart in not making a prediction just yet. Wisconsin comes in looking awfully good, but like Herbstreit said, this is the one they’ve been waiting for. The Spartans gave the Badgers their only regular season loss last year, and will have to get a big win in East Lansing if they want to be considered among the nation’s elite best. Last year the Spartans could be pointed at as the reason the Badgers didn’t make a trip to the BCS Championship game, and if they lose that could be the case again this year. The Badgers haven’t won in East Lansing since 2002.
“We try to be a small part of the day, and hopefully people will come out and join the hyped up scene that I think we’ll have around GameDay,” Herbstreit said.
Herbstreit went on to talk about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, and how everything changed after Michigan State was named “little brother” by former running back Mike Hart.
ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit said he expects a hyped scene for College GameDay this Saturday. (Photo by: Jon Coffey/isportsweb.com)
“From the time he’s opened his mouth till today, Michigan State has not lost to Michigan, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” Herbstreit said. “I can remember Mark Dantonio after Hart made those comments, he was very emotional about how disrespected he felt and his program felt. He was basically saying we’re drawing a line in the sand and no more of that attitude, and they’ve won four in a row.”
Not too long after Herbstreit made his comments regarding Michigan-Michigan State, one of the most beloved Wolverines of all time walked into the room flossing Michigan sweatpants to go with a Michigan shirt that featured him on the front. Of course the man I’m talking about is none other than Desmond Howard. The former Heisman winner turned ESPN analysis seemed to be in an upbeat mood as he fielded questions ranging from his Alma matter to the game and the players participating.
Howard said he didn’t believe Michigan State’s offense had any players on offense that would jump out as the best in the nation, but he did say he was impressed with some of the players on the team.
ESPN's Desmond Howard was flaunting Michigan gear. (Photo by: Jon Coffey/isportsweb.com)
“I think that BJ Cunningham is a very good wide out,” Howard said when analyzing the Spartan offense.
Desmond Howard deflected questions about whether he would receive flak from the crowd, citing that Herbstreit is also a former Big Ten player.
“I don’t know we’ll see, we’ll see. What do you expect?” Howard said in reference to crowd hostility. “I mean you guys know them better than me.”
With Desmond Howard, Erin Andrews, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and ESPN College GameDay coming to campus there’s no telling how frenzied the atmosphere might be, but one thing’s for sure; this game and this experience is something fans don’t want to miss.
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