ESPN's College GameDay is a valuable part of the college football experience on Saturday mornings.
So it comes as good news to hear GameDay is expanding to three hours for the 2010 college football season, providing an extra hour of analysis, highlights, news, and other features every Saturday during the season.
Beginning at 9 a.m., the first hour of the program will be featured on ESPNU. From 10 a.m. to noon, GameDay will switch back to its original home on ESPN.
Another refreshing change is the addition of Erin Andrews to the GameDay crew. With her dancing career behind her, Andrews will now focus on her role as the sideline reporter of the College GameDay Game of the Week.
That means Big Ten fans are more than likely to see Andrews on the sidelines of a game on more than a few occasions this fall. Team schedules are loaded with potential blockbuster match-ups in 2010, increasing the potential for a Big Ten game to be selected as ESPN's featured location. A few possibilities are:
Penn State at Alabama
Wisconsin at Iowa
Penn State at Ohio State
Ohio State at Iowa
Michigan at Ohio State
Ohio State at Wisconsin
Iowa at Arizona
Michigan State at Michigan
With GameDay a seeming inevitability for a few teams in the league, the only thing left for Big Ten fans to do is to start brainstorming signs to wave during ESPN’s live broadcast.
As it turns out, I have a few sign ideas of my own.
"Rich Rodriguez cries like Lindsay Lohan"
Rodriguez and Lohan might not have a lot in common, but they do both have a habit of crying over bad press.
That's not something Buckeye fans are soon to forget.
"Chuck Norris uses Visine for dry eyes. Adrian Clayborn uses Tabasco Sauce."
Recently, I was asked a very serious hypothetical question. "If I were about to get into a brawl, who would I want with me: Adrian Clayborn or Chuck Norris?"
To that I responded, "Chuck Norris now, or 1980's Chuck Norris?" Then I remembered it didn't matter.
Clayborn eats chumps like Chuck Norris for breakfast.
"Mark Dantonio gets the Preferred Customer discount at XYZ Bail Bonds."
Eight Michigan State football players, including three starters, were suspended from team-related activities after being identified as being present at a campus brawl.
The recent trend of player mishaps at MSU might open the door this fall to a few bail-related signs at away games, especially if Michigan fans have anything to say about it. If Gameday heads to Ann Arbor for the rivalry game, be on the lookout for Dantonio signs in the crowd.
"Is #fireronzook a trending topic on Twitter yet?"
Illinois head coach Ron Zook has been on the hot seat for awhile now. He sits No. 2 on Phil Steele's Coaches in the Hot Seat list.
There's already a Facebook page for the Fire Ron Zook campaign. With the growing popularity of Twitter among college football fans, his job stability is bound to become a trending topic at some point this season.
"Terrelle Pryor is friends with Justin Bieber on Facebook."
Bieber is this year's Miley Cyrus for Gameday sign makers. And Pryor might be the Big Ten's biggest target for signage.
It's only natural someone points out their hidden Facebook bromance on national television with poster board and a Sharpie.
"Hey Denard, don’t be scared... Loop, Swoop, and Pull doesn't mean what Tate says it does."
Denard "Shoelace" Robinson is one of Michigan's quarterback options heading into the fall, and looks to have an edge for the starting spot. He's lightning-fast, but has one peculiar habit that Big Ten fans were quick to notice last season.
He doesn't tie his shoes.
Robinson said he received his nickname while playing pee-wee football as a kid because he never tied his shoes, a fact that hasn't changed to this day. It doesn't seem to affect him much, and seems to be more stylistic than a matter of not knowing how.
Still, it's all the ammo the Michigan haters need to go sign crazy if the Wolverines make it on Gameday this fall.
"Proud to be an Americanzi!"
Last year, Penn State fans greeted Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi with a sign proclaiming that he listened to Hannah Montana. This year, Stanzi is bound to be a sign-makers winning lottery ticket. And an Iowa Hawkeyes blog has already supplied the material.
Black Heart Gold Pants is a Hawkeyes blog that has been known to come up with a nickname or two for the players and coaches over the past couple of years.
Brilliantly, they were the first to coin "Americanzi" shortly after Stanzi rattled off his infamous Orange Bowl quote. Now, Americanzi Pride is sweeping not only the Hawkeye fan-base but the entire globe.
If ESPN's College Gameday covers an Iowa game this year, Americanzi Pride will be on full display. And I'm sure opposing teams will have a field day with it.