ESPN College Gameday 2012: Projecting Site for Week 2

Shawn BrubakerContributor IISeptember 1, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates after a touchdown during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 26, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium  in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Hosting ESPN College Gameday is one of the most exciting, unique privileges for top-tier football programs.

Next week, a few exciting games have a chance to host the show.


Miami (FL) at No. 22 Kansas State

This might be a dark-horse candidate to host the show, but Kansas State quarterback Colin Klein has proven to be a prime-time player worthy of a visit from the Gameday crew.

Meanwhile, Miami is in rebuilding mode but is always a threat. Kansas State may be more highly ranked, but they have a penchant for keeping games close. This game should be no different, guaranteeing an exciting affair.

The Kansas State student body deserves a visit from the Gameday crew, and this matchup against Miami could be their best bet to earn it.


No. 23 Florida at Texas A&M

This SEC matchup will feature some new talent for both teams, but should definitely be an exciting matchup worthy of national exposure.

Both teams are unsure of what they have at quarterback. Florida will likely alternate between sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel, while Texas A&M will be breaking in redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel.

The lack of a marquee quarterback could keep this matchup from gaining the national exposure it deserves, but its certainly worthy of consideration to host Gameday.


Purdue at Notre Dame

These in-state rivals are always capable of producing a memorable game. While last year's matchup was decidedly uneven, Purdue should be extra motivated in this one.

Notre Dame looks to be as strong as they have been in years, while Purdue is a developing team that could be dangerous this year. With Notre Dame still dealing with the side effects of their trip to Ireland, Purdue could be a big-time upset candidate in Week 2.

If the talking heads at Gameday think Purdue can make this a game, it would definitely be a solid candidate to host the crew.


Washington at No. 3 LSU

LSU remains one of the most powerful teams in the nation, while Washington features a top-tier quarterback who gained national exposure last season.

Keith Price could become a star this season, while LSU features a dominant defense and a promising young quarterback.

This game could be closer than one would think at first glance, and the star power could make it a great host for Gameday.


No. 6 Georgia at Missouri

Welcome to the SEC, Missouri. Missouri will have a tough time against one of the nation's premier teams, but this game will be crucial for the Tigers to have a chance in the SEC.

The Tigers have a solid quarterback in James Franklin and an underrated supporting cast. Whether that will be enough to knock off Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs remains to be seen.

Regardless, this game features two very good quarterbacks and will go a long way in deciding both teams' SEC fates. The Gameday crew should definitely pay Missouri a visit on Saturday.