After being treated to a classic game between LSU and Georgia, College GameDay will leave Athens, Ga., to begin heading to Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. Lee Corso and the rest of the gang will take in a matchup between Ohio State and Northwestern.
Host Chris Fowler responded to the announcement:
Northwestern, here we come! First time since the blizzard of '95! @collegegameday— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 29, 2013
The game will be played Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. It will mark just the second trip by GameDay to Evanston, per Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. The last trip featured a massive snowstorm in 1995 that forced the crew to pack up for Welsh-Ryan Arena. The good news is that there shouldn't be any snow on the ground this time around.
However, somebody needs to remind ESPN that Ohio State has won 28 of the last 29 meetings against Northwestern, including the last four. To make matters worse, the last four games have been decided by at least 35 points.
So much for showing up to the biggest game of the weekend. Unlike the LSU-Georgia affair, this matchup isn't likely to come down to the wire and will probably be a one-sided affair like many games have in the past.
Who wins the game?
But give College GameDay credit. At least it's showing respect to the Wildcats and giving them somewhat of a chance. Northwestern is sitting pretty with a 4-0 record but is still fighting tooth and nail to earn respect. If the popular morning show didn't think Northwestern had a chance, it wouldn't make the trip.
But doesn't this open the door for College GameDay to show up to other subpar contests? Yes, Northwestern is probably the toughest opponent Ohio State will face until the season-ending matchup against Michigan, but let's be serious for a second.
Are the Wildcats really going to be the first team to beat Urban Meyer at Ohio State? A school more known for high SAT scores and having a dominant women's lacrosse team?
It would certainly shock most of the college football community, but you can't blame College GameDay for trying. Upsets happen on a weekly basis, and maybe if Corso picks the Buckeyes to win, he can shift his magic powers into good luck for the Wildcats.
Other games that may have been considered include Washington vs. Stanford and Arizona State vs. Notre Dame.
Hopefully for ESPN's sake, this meeting is a lot more competitive than in years past.