ESPN College GameDay Will Attend Alabama vs. Michigan Week 1 Showdown

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

Courtesy of Orlando Sentinel
Courtesy of Orlando Sentinel

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one who follows college football, ESPN announced via Twitter that College Gameday will be attending the Michigan vs. Alabama matchup taking place at Cowboys Stadium. 

It's official - We're heading to Arlington, TX on September 1st for the Cowboys Classic! #Michigan vs #Alabama!

— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 15, 2012

Looking at the schedule before the season even begins, you would be hard-pressed to find a bigger matchup all year. 

Michigan and Alabama boast two of the richest histories in all of sports. These two universities have combined to win 1,709 games, 68 conference championships, 25 national championships and four Heisman trophies. 

While all of that history is incredible, it doesn't matter much if the teams aren't very good now. Fortunately, second-year Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has already make his mark on the program, quickly pulling the Wolverines form the dark cloud of Rich Rodriguez en route to winning 11 games and the Sugar Bowl.

Of course, Nick Saban and Alabama are the gold standard in college football right now. The Crimson Tide have won two of the last three BCS titles, including last year's incredible showing against SEC rival LSU. 

Expectations are obviously sky high for both teams entering the 2012 season. Alabama has been ranked No. 2 in the preseason USA Today poll, actually receiving the most first-place votes of any team (20) in the country. 

Michigan is not too far behind, as the Wolverines start the season ranked No. 8 in the country. It is the highest preseason ranking for the program since 2007. 

Let the drama begin, as college football is right around the corner, and what better way to bring it back than by having Michigan and Alabama do battle right out of the gate.