College Gameday 2012 Schedule: Previewing Potential Week 13 Destinations
ESPN's College GameDay heads to the campus of the University of Oregon in Week 12 where No. 13 Stanford (8-2) takes on No. 2 Oregon (10-0) in a pivotal Pac-12 showdown.
Week 13 brings us "Rivalry Week" in college football, giving us—and College GameDay—more intriguing matchups and options than usual to broadcast from.
You, the B/R readers, were adamant that Eugene, Ore. was the spot where Lee Corso and the gang should broadcast from in Week 12 and you were right.
Can you pick their next location correctly two weeks in a row?
Let's find out, as we preview potential locations for College GameDay's Week 13 broadcast.
No. 2 Oregon (10-0) at No. 16 Oregon State (7-2)
It'd certainly work from a logistical standpoint, having to move their gear about an hour north from Eugene to Corvallis, but would ESPN broadcast from an Oregon-based school for two weeks in a row?
Oregon has won four games in a row against Oregon State, including two in Corvallis, but the Beavers have already beaten two ranked opponents this season and nearly had a third win against Stanford, who needed a fourth quarter rally to stop the Beavers from going 3-0 against Top 25 opponents.
If Oregon enters this game undefeated, having gotten past the aforementioned Stanford team, a loss here would derail their BCS National Championship hopes and improve Oregon State's chances at landing in a better bowl game.
College GameDay has only broadcast from Corvallis once, in Week 14 of the 2010 season, a game that No. 2 Oregon won 37-20.
No. 13 Stanford (8-2) at No. 17 UCLA (8-2)
Depending on how both teams fare in Week 12, this one could have huge implications on the Pac-12 Championship Game.
At the very least, it will be a game that features two of the best teams in the country going head-to-head with an eye towards strengthening their resumes and winding up in a more prolific bowl game than they may currently be projected to play in.
Stanford has beaten UCLA each of the last three times they've met, but this is a different Cardinal team than we have seen in recent years, with a ferocious defense and questionable QB play.
College GameDay hasn't broadcast from the campus of UCLA since 1998, when QB Cade McNown led the No. 2 Bruins over the No. 10 Oregon Ducks 41-38.
No. 21 Michigan (7-3) at Ohio State (10-0)
Michigan is playing for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game while the Buckeyes, banned from postseason play this year, are playing for pride and the chance to become only the sixth squad in school history to go undefeated,
The Wolverines beat Ohio State 40-34 last year at the Big House, but they've not beaten Ohio State in Columbus since 2000, when No. 19 Michigan beat the No. 12 Buckeyes 38-26 behind 303 yards passing and three touchdowns from QB Drew Henson.
Lee Corso and company last showed up on campus in Columbus, Ohio back in 2010, when Ohio State beat Penn State 38-14, a win that was later vacated as part of the NCAA sanctions that are keeping the Buckeyes out of the postseason this year.
Where Should College GameDay Broadcast From in Week 13?
No. 6 Florida (9-1) at No. 10 Florida State (9-1)
While this has no bearing on conference standings, bowl implications are plenty, with the loser of this game headed to a lesser bowl than they might believe they deserve while the winner will sit with a good shot of appearing in a BCS bowl game.
Florida State has won each of the past two meetings, including a 21-7 victory on the road in Gainesville last season.
College GameDay has already broadcast from Tallahassee once this season, back on September 22 when Clemson fell to the Seminoles 49-37.
No. 24 Oklahoma State (6-3) at No. 12 Oklahoma (7-2)
It's the Bedlam game, and Oklahoma State is looking to make it two wins in a row over Oklahoma in one of the oldest rivalries in the nation.
The Cowboys had lost eight in a row to the Sooners before last year's 44-10 beatdown at Boone Pickens Stadium.
This year's matchup is at Oklahoma Stadium, a place the Cowboys haven't won since 2001.
College GameDay was in Norman last month when Notre Dame took down the Sooners, 30-13.
No. 9 South Carolina (8-2) at No. 11 Clemson (9-1)
Emotions will be running high for the Palmetto Bowl when the Gamecocks and Tigers get together at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.
Both teams are still alive for a spot in their respective Conference Championship Games—South Carolina the SEC, Clemson the ACC—but this one will be hotly contested regardless of what's on the line.
South Carolina has won each of their past three meetings, including a 29-7 victory at Memorial Stadium in 2010.
The last time College GameDay broadcast from Clemson was the first game of the 2008 season, when No. 24 Alabama upset No. 9 Clemson 34-10.
No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0) at No. 18 USC (7-3)
Notre Dame is hoping to get to the BCS National Championship while USC is looking to play spoiler in what will be Matt Barkley's final home game as the QB of the Trojans.
The Fighting Irish have lost nine of their last 10 games against the Trojans, pulling out a 20-16 victory in 2010 thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Robert Hughes with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
The last regular season game that College GameDay broadcast from USC was in 2010, a 53-32 Trojans loss to the Oregon Ducks.
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