College GameDay 2012 Schedule: Previewing Potential Week 9 Destinations

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  ESPN College GameDay announcer Lee Corso dons an FSU headress as co-announcers (l to r) Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit comment during the NCAA football game between Notre Dame and Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 26, 2002 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Florida State Seminoles 34-24.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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There is nothing better than sitting down on a Saturday and getting ready for all the college football action with the cast of ESPN’s College GameDay, and Week 9’s destination could be the best of the year.

With so many great games on the docket, where Lee Corso and the boys end up is anyone’s guess.

All of the following locations are hosting huge bowl-caliber games next weekend, and the cast and crew for GameDay will be considering all options as possibilities for Week 9.


Memorial Stadium (Oklahoma), Norman, Okla.

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 9 Oklahoma

Of all the games in Week 9 that deserve the honor of hosting College GameDay, the Top 10 battle between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman will be one of the best of the weekend.

With an 8 p.m. ET start to a nationally televised game, the GameDay cast would have a great backdrop if they chose to travel to Oklahoma. Add in the raucous Sooners faithful, and the trip would be well worth it.


Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

No. 12 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama

As surprising as Mississippi State’s success has been so far this season, the continued dominance despite a huge turnover in the Alabama Crimson Tide program has been an even bigger shock.

We knew they’d be good, but Nick Saban and the boys haven’t missed a beat.

ESPN’s College GameDay should be considering traveling to the stadium of the No. 1 school in the nation as they host their undefeated SEC rivals in what will be the university's biggest test of the year.


EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

No. 11 Georgia vs. No. 2 Florida

Of all the locations for Week 9’s College GameDay, there is no better spot for the weekly event than the "neutral" location for the Georgia Bulldogs versus the Florida Gators.

It’s not neutral at all, because the game will be played in the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium and is basically the Swamp II. No matter which team has the advantage, this is being heralded as the "World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" and the GameDay crew must be there.

Not only are these two of the biggest programs in the country and both are ranked very high in the BCS standings, the party atmosphere will make this the best trip of the season.

I’d love to see Corso interacting with the masses around EverBank Field!


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