Welcome back everyone. The morning games are wrapping up including some nice upsets, which means it is now time for the weekly College Gameday review! This week’s edition was broadcasting live from Louisville, Kentucky for the matchup between #2 Florida State and #10 Louisville. This matchup between top ten teams is included in today’s fun fact that this is the first time ever that the top 3 ranked teams all play true road games against ranked opponents. That means if the top 3 get upset, Michigan could slide all the way up to #1 for basically showing up this season. Their resume includes wins over Hawaii, UCF, and a likely win against Colorado today to beef up that schedule for a possible #1 ranking.
Today’s show opened up with a quick tribute to former Louisville head coach Lee Corso, who coached there from 1969 to 1972. The highlight of this tribute was Corso’s glorious sideburns during his tenure at Louisville. I assume shortly after this photo was taken that he went to meet up with Potsie and the gang down at Arnold’s.
Early on in the show Sam Ponder was brought in which brings us to the @GAMEDAYJEN OFFICIAL SAM PONDER OUTFIT REVIEW OF THE WEEK! She was sporting a nice outfit of which Jen said “Ooooooo! The skirt is nice!”
A curious addition to the Gameday was presented today in new reporter Jen Lada. Possible Sam Ponder rival? Or replacing Tom Rinaldi?
She presented the story of Cuyler Duncan. Duncan is the former member of the Silver Spurs at the University of Texas, who take care of mascot Bevo. He is a die hard Texas fan who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and given possibly days-to-weeks to live at the time. As his story spread through the internet, various video messages and phone calls came in to him from notable names such as Vince Young, Colt McCoy, Mack Brown, Quan Cosby, Matthew Mcconaughey, and President Obama. He began his fight against cancer and after enduring chemo began to recover enough that he attended his first Texas game since the diagnosis. He is now returned to work and continuing life where he left off before the diagnosis. Check out the full video below.
Former College Gameday host Chris Fowler made a cameo return today since he was calling the noon game with Kirk Herbstreit on-site. They previewed the Louisville/FSU matchup today, and it was great to have him back. Due to the rain moving in, they broadcasted from under a tent, no doubt to protect Herbstreit’s hairpiece.
#YHOJ was back again this week, and still no video online… Grrrrrr.
Rece Davis ran the gauntlet with George Whitfield again… Grrrrrr.
During this segment, the Gameday crew did a quick relocation to inside the stadium since Herbie was going to be calling the game immediately following the show. Also because the entire crowd behind Gameday would probably be gone by kickoff. I love it when Gameday goes inside the stadiums. They used to do this somewhat regularly many years ago and it always had a really fun feel to it.
Let’s stop down for a minute and review some Gameday signs. For starters, Detective Cole collected more evidence this week in the hunt for who REALLY killed Harambe. In week 2, the prime suspect in Harambe’s death was Butch Jones. In week 1 it was alleged that Les Miles and Colin Kaepernick killed Harambe. This week’s lead is that Dalvin Cook killed Harambe.
Other signs included this high effort submission:
This one was all over social media starting yesterday:
Other submissions for your review:
And of course:
I am glad to say that we saw the return of maybe the greatest recurring segment every season. That would be when walk-ons get scholarships. There’s a lot of sappy stories and feel-good segments peppered in throughout the whole season, but this is one that needs to happen every year because it truly delivers time and time again.
Today’s celebrity guest picker was Laila Ali; daughter of the late Muhammad Ali who was being honored at Louisville today. She provided good energy compared to many celebrity pickers and seemed to be genuinely into this thing. When it came time to pick the big game, Desmond went with the surprise upset pick in Louisville. To nobody’s surprise Laila picked Louisville as well. When it came time for Corso to make his headgear pick, the tension was high. He had never picked Louisville, and has a fondness in his heart for picking FSU where got his start in coaching. Since he spent time at both schools, who would win out? He pulled the trigger on the upset pick today, going with Louisville over FSU. @GamedayJen and @TheGamedayBaby both went with Louisville as well. Seems like the whole world was against FSU today, and apparently it was the right move given today’s result. Fun stuff and a great show today to get us all ready for a great slate of games today.